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Schuman & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos / Fliter, Mendez, Scottish Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 07/12/2019 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 555  
Composer:  Robert SchumannFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ingrid Fliter
Conductor:  Antonio Mendez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ingrid Fliter thrills her fans with her second recording of piano concertos; she performs with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with whom she recorded her Linn debut of Chopin concertos. Fliter performs repertoire that is very close to her heart: concertos by two nineteenth century heavyweights, Schumann and Mendelssohn. Fliter brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann’s iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst perfectly navigating the shifting colours and technical demands of this brilliant showpiece. The sparkling passagework and charming melodies which characterise Mendelssohn’s innovative G minor concerto demonstrate Fliter’s innate skill and pianistic instinct. Following Fliter’s live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto one critic Read more wrote: “In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.” With both composers giving equal focus to soloist and orchestra, the musicality of the SCO’s award-winning musicians shines through as they partner Fliter perfectly. This also marked the recording debut of Antonio Mendez, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting conductors of his generation following engagements with a host of international orchestras.

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REVIEWS:

In both the Mendelssohn and Schumann, Fliter plays with tautness and energy, fitting hand-in-glove with the smaller chamber-orchestra forces of the SCO and drier recorded sound. Heartfelt and intelligent, this is life-enhancing music, and as a bonus there's The Fair Melusina Overture.

– BBC Music Magazine

A beautiful fit with the expressive world of pianist Ingrid Fliter. Several factors combine to make this an unusually satisfying Romantic piano concerto offering, but among them is the high-contrast approach of Fliter herself, really capturing the listener's attention. A standout recording.

– All Music Guide

The Mendelssohn concerto suits Fliter particularly well; she alive to the impetuosity of the outer movements, as well as to the work's more poetic elements. Fliter's command of the drama is second to none.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
Conductor:  Antonio Mendez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
2.
Die schöne Melusine Overture, Op. 32 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
Conductor:  Antonio Mendez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
Conductor:  Antonio Mendez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 

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