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Pure Mendelssohn / Sebastian Knauer


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 16372   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Sebastian Knauer sings these songs magically – say no more!

If the Real Great Composers discussion of Mendelssohn on the cover CD gets you itching to return to your old Mendelssohn favourites, I’d suggest a trip to your local shop to pick up this new selection of the Songs Without Words. Sebastian Knauer is magical throughout, with a sense of occasion that, as our critic Jeremy Nicholas opines, makes “Barenboim sound matter-of-fact by comparison”.

-- Gramophone [3/2009]


Sebastian Knauer sings these songs magically – say no more!

If the Real Great Composers discussion of Mendelssohn on the cover CD gets you itching to return to your old Mendelssohn favourites, I’d suggest a trip to your local shop to pick up this new selection of the Songs Without Words. Sebastian Knauer is magical throughout, with a sense of occasion that, as our critic Jeremy Nicholas opines, makes “Barenboim sound matter-of-fact by comparison”.

-- Gramophone [3/2009]
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 3, Presto agitato in G minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
2. Klavierstücke (2) for Piano: no 2 in G minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
3. Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 2, Allegro non troppo in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
4. Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 3, Andante tranquillo in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
5. Albumblatt for Piano in E minor, Op. 117 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1837; Germany 
6. Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 6, Allegretto in F sharp minor "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
7. Lied for Piano in F sharp minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
8. Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 5, Moderato in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
9. Songs without words, vol 7, Op. 85: no 4, Andante sostenuto in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
10. Variations Sérieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
11. Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 1, Andante con moto in E major "Sweet Remembrance" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
12. Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 3, Molto allegro in A major "Hunting Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
13. Gondelied for Piano in A major "Barcarolle" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
14. Lied for Piano in F major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
15. Lied for Piano in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828 
16. Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 2, Allegro non troppo in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
17. Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102: no 2, Adagio in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
18. Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
19. Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 

Sound Samples

Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53: No. 21 in G minor, Op. 53, No. 3
2 Musical Sketches, "2 Klavierstucke": No. 2. Presto agitato in G minor
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53: No. 20 in E flat major, Op. 53, No. 2
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op. 67: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67: No. 33 in B flat major, Op. 67, No. 3
Albumblatt in E minor, Op. 117, MWV U134: Albumblatt in E minor, Op. 117
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30: No. 12 in F sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 6, "Venezianisches Gondellied"
Lied in F sharp minor
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op. 67: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67: No. 35 in B minor, Op. 67, No. 5
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 7, Op. 85: No. 40 in D major, Op. 85, No. 4
Variations serieuses in D minor, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variations serieuses in D minor, Op. 54
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 1 in E major, Op. 19, No. 1
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 3 in A major, Op. 19, No. 3, "Jagerlied"
Gondellied (Barcarole) in A major
Lied in F major
Lied in E flat major
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38: No. 14 in C minor, Op. 38, No. 2
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 8, Op. 102: No. 44 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op. 67: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67: No. 34 in C major, Op. 67, No. 4, "Spinnerlied"
Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14, MWV U67: Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

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