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Mendelssohn: Piano Works / Lydia Artymiw


Release Date: 07/06/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 8326   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lydia Artymiw
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Sonata dates from the same year as A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, so not too much should be made of its composer's youthfulness, or of the allusions to Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 101 and echoes, in the finale, of Weber. As Schumann wrote in 1835, these show not weak dependence on the 17-year-old composer's part but spiritual affinities. Lydia Artymiw gives a marvellously fluent performance of this impressive work, informed with much intelligence and musical perception, that receives a lifelike recording, the CD having just a shade more immediacy than the excellent LP. Actually, the Introduction and Rondo capriccioso date from two years earlier yet are fully characteristic of Mendelssohn and relate to Op. 16 No. 2, a gossamer scherzo Read more from fairyland. These pieces again are beautifully turned, showing a fine sense of balance and proportion. The outstanding Op. 28 Fantasia, also, is fiery, immaculate, and highly enjoyable.

-- Gramophone ]1/1985]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 28 "Sonate écossaise" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lydia Artymiw (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Fantasies or Caprices (3) for Piano, Op. 16 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lydia Artymiw (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lydia Artymiw (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in E major, Op. 6 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lydia Artymiw (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 6, MWV U54: I. Allegretto con espressione
Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 6, MWV U54: II. Tempo di Menuetto
Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 6, MWV U54: III. Recitativo: Adagio e senza tempo - IV. Molto allegro e vivace
Fantasia in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28, MWV U92, "Sonate Eccossaise"
3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16: No. 1. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace, MWV U70
3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16: No. 2. Scherzo in E Minor, MWV U71
3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16: No. 3. Andante, MWV U72
Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14, MWV U67: Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14

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