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Mendelssohn: Three Sonatas, Rondo / Frederic Chiu


Release Date: 06/08/2004 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 3957117   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frederic Chiu
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Mendelssohn's sonatas show Chiu's considerable gifts: a phenomenal keyboard technique, understated elegance and a sympathetic imagination that helps these undervalued pieces emerge with all their charms apparent." – San Francisco Chronicle

The three piano sonatas are much less conventional than expected. The gently cascading figure at the close of the E major Sonata's Allegretto makes a magical reappearance in the Adagio, a movement which moves via recitatives to a serene Andante before an exhilaratingly busy finale. The G minor Sonata has a startlingly taut argument for a 12-year-old composer, its central Adagio alive with experimental rather than tentative ideas, its finale a gloriously urgent scamper. The B flat
Read more Sonata mischievously apes both Beethoven's Hammerklavier and Moonlight Sonatas before opting for gentler ambitions. Bright and ceremonial, the opening Allegro vivace finally recedes in a distant, fairy-tale fanfare showing, like the reminiscence which closes the E major Sonata, that Mendelssohn often resolves even his most hyperactive ideas in a haunting peace and tranquility.

– Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 1 in E major, Op. 6 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Salle Adyar, Paris, France 
Length: 22 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano in G minor, Op. 105 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Salle Adyar, Paris, France 
Length: 17 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, Op. 106 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Salle Adyar, Paris, France 
Length: 19 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4. Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Salle Adyar, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Sonata in E, op 6: I. Allegretto con espressione
Piano Sonata in B flat, op 106: I. Allegro vivace

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