Mendelssohn: Complete Piano Music

Mendelssohn: Complete Piano Music

by Martin Jones
     
 
Anyone looking for Mendelssohn's complete piano music -- a repertoire not often performed and less often recorded -- need look no further than this six disc set. It includes everything with an opus number and many things without one: the three Sonatas, the three Variations, the seven Preludes and Fugues, the ten Caprices, and, naturally, the 48 Songs without Words

Overview

Anyone looking for Mendelssohn's complete piano music -- a repertoire not often performed and less often recorded -- need look no further than this six disc set. It includes everything with an opus number and many things without one: the three Sonatas, the three Variations, the seven Preludes and Fugues, the ten Caprices, and, naturally, the 48 Songs without Words among many, many other works. The performances are consistently first-rate. With his refined technique, polished tone and elegant interpretations, Martin Jones is an impressive Mendelssohn pianist who ideally balances mind and heart in these performances. His Variations S�rieuses is stern but compassionate; his Sonata in G minor is austere but expressive; and his Songs without Words are always singing but also always supremely well-wrought. The only real flaw is the sound. Recorded by Nimbus in the middle to late Seventies, Jones sounds like he's playing behind the heavy curtains while the microphones are placed in the back of a small, empty hall. Still, for first-rate performances of Mendelssohn's complete piano music, this is the set to get, despite the dreary sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/1997
Label:
Nimbus Records
UPC:
0710357177224
catalogNumber:
1772
Rank:
113671

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Tracks

  1. Caprices (3) for piano, Op. 33
  2. Capriccio for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 5
  3. Capriccio for piano in E major, Op. 118
  4. Scherzo for piano in B minor
  5. Scherzo a capriccio, for piano in F sharp minor
  6. Rondo capriccioso, for piano in E major, Op. 14
  7. Perpetuum Mobile, for piano in C major, Op. 119
  8. Klavierstücke (2) for piano
  9. Andante cantabile & Presto agitato for piano in B major
  10. Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 106
  11. Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 6
  12. Piano Sonata in G minor, Op. 105
  13. Kinderstücke (6) for piano ("Christmas Pieces"), Op. 72
  14. Preludes & Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 35
  15. Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor
  16. Preludes (3) & Etudes (3) for piano, Op. 104
  17. Etude for piano in F minor
  18. Variations sérieuses, for piano in D minor, Op. 54
  19. Fantasies or Caprices (3) for piano, Op. 16
  20. Variations for piano in E flat major, Op. 82
  21. Fantasy for piano in F sharp minor ("Sonate écossaise"), Op. 28
  22. Variations for piano in B flat major, Op. 83
  23. Fantasy on "The Last Rose of Summer" for piano in E major, Op. 15
  24. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 1, Op. 19b
  25. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 2, Op. 30
  26. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 38
  27. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 4, Op. 53
  28. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 62
  29. Characteristic Pieces (7) for piano, Op. 7
  30. Gondollied, for piano in A major ("Barcarole")
  31. Albumblatt for piano in E minor, Op. 117
  32. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 6, Op. 67
  33. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 7, Op. 85
  34. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 102
  35. Song without Words for piano No. 41 in A major, Op. 85/5
  36. Song without Words for piano No. 44 in D major, Op. 102/2

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