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Mendelssohn: Piano Works / Van der Laar, Schmitt-Leonardy, De Boer

Mendelssohn / Shmitt-leonardy / Van Der Laar
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94084   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De LaarWolfram Schmitt-LeonardyPieter-Jelle De Boer
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Felix Mendelssohn was a virtuoso pianist, and it is worth remembering that he was born in 1809, with his friend Schumann being born a year later in 1810, as was Chopin, and Liszt following in 1811. These composers were among the greatest pianists of the 19th century, and they were born at a time when the piano was a relatively modern instrument, and composers such as Hummel, Moscheles (Mendelssohn’s friend), Kalkbrenner and Ries were accorded adulation similar to pop stars today. Beethoven commenced his career in the 1790s as a virtuoso pianist.

No surprise then that the young Mendelssohn composed extensively for his chosen instrument from the outset. From early concertos and sonatas he quickly established his ‘mature’ style
Read more in works such as the Rondo capriccioso, and the Andante cantabile e Presto agitato.

The masterpieces that followed include the remarkably imposing Variations serieuses and the famous Songs without Words. Mendelssohn’s style did not change throughout his short creative life – he very quickly composed in what we know as his mature style from his early teens, something even Mozart didn’t achieve. This 4CD contains the Songs without Words, Variations serieuse, Kinderstucke, Rondo capriccioso, Capriccio, and Trois Fantasies ou Caprices plus several shorter works.
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De Laar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
2. Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De Laar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1834; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
3. Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De Laar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
4. Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De Laar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
5. Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De Laar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
6. Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De Laar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
7. Songs without words, vol 7, Op. 85 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De Laar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
8. Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frank Van De Laar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
9. Variations Sérieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
10. Fantasies or Caprices (3) for Piano, Op. 16 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
11. Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
12. Kinderstücke (6) for Piano, Op. 72 "Christmas Pieces" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
13. Scherzo a capriccio for Piano in F sharp minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
14. Capriccio for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 5 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
15. Andante cantabile and Presto agitato for Piano in B major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
16. Scherzo for Piano in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
17. Perpetuum Mobile for Piano in C major, Op. 119 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
18. Variations for Piano in E flat major, Op. 82 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Pieter-Jelle De Boer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
19. Sonata for Piano no 1 in E major, Op. 6 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Pieter-Jelle De Boer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
20. Variations for Piano in B flat major, Op. 83 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Pieter-Jelle De Boer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1841; Germany 
21. Preludes and Fugues (6) for Piano, Op. 35: no 1 in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Pieter-Jelle De Boer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 

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