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  • 1SACD Format
  • 2012 Utgivelsesår

Brautigam, Ronald (piano)

Mendelssohn, Felix



Mendelssohn, Felix:

Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Op.19b (1832–33):
I. E major, Andante con moto
II. A minor, Andante espressivo
III. A major, Molto Allegro e vivace [‘Jägerlied’]
IV. A major, Moderato
V. F sharp minor, Piano agitato
VI. G minor, Andante sostenuto, ‘Venetianisches Gondellied’

Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30 (1835):
I. E flat major, Andante espressivo
II. B flat minor, Allegro di molto
III. E major, Adagio non troppo
IV. B minor, Agitato e con fuoco
V. D major, Andante grazioso
VI. F sharp minor, Allegretto tranquillo ‘Venetianisches Gondellied’

Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Op.38 (1837):
I. E flat major, Con moto
II. C minor, Allegro non troppo
III. E major, Presto e molto vivace
IV. A major, Andante
V. A minor, Agitato
VI. A flat major, Andante con moto, ‘Duett’

Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 (1841):
I. A flat major, Andante con moto
II. E flat major, Allegro non troppo
III. G minor, Presto agitato
IV. F major, Adagio
V. A minor, Allegro con fuoco, ‘Volkslied’
VI. A major, Molto Allegro vivace

Individual ‘Lieder ohne Worte’:
E flat major, Espressivo & Allegro, MWV U 68 (1828)
A major, Andante, MWV U 76 (1830)
A minor, Andante, early version of Op.19b No.2 (1830)
F sharp minor, Allegro molto, MWV U 124 (1836)
A major, [Allegretto], MWV U 138 (1837)

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"Recording of the Month", Music Web International, April 2013: "A superb recital"
10/10/10, Klassik-heute.de, March 2013

If claims could be made for a certain composer to have invented a genre single-handedly, Felix Mendelssohn would be a strong candidate with his ‘Songs without Words’. The term itself can be traced back to 1828, and a letter in which Fanny Mendelssohn mention having received a ‘song without words’ as a birthday present from her brother.
Although Mendelssohn continued an existing tradition of writing short lyrical pieces for the piano, the concept of ‘wordless songs’ was new, and indeed the great majority of the Lieder ohne Worte display some sort of song-like structure (melody in the upper voice, an accom­paniment that is predominantly chordal or arpeggiated, ABA-form).
Immediately popular with a wide audience, and soon a staple ingredient in domestic music-making all over Europe, the Lieder ohne Worte were also highly regarded by fellow composers, who imitated the style of Mendelssohn’s pieces, and sometimes adopted his title for them as well. One such admirer was Robert Schumann, who was captivated by the ‘Duett’ (Op. 38, No. 6), hearing in it: ‘lovers… conversing quietly, intimate­ly and confidently’. (The piece was in fact written for Cécile Jeanrenaud, who would later become Mendelssohn’s wife.)
Gathered on this disc are the first four books of the eight published collections of Lieder ohne Worte (two of which appeared posthumously) and an appendix consisting of five individual pieces which Mendelssohn never included in any collection but which nevertheless belong to the genre.
One of today’s leading exponents on the fortepiano, Ronald Brautigam has released complete sets of the piano music by Mozart and Haydn, and is currently recording a highly regarded series of the solo piano works by Beethoven. For the present disc he has chosen to play on a replica by the renowned maker Paul McNulty of a Pleyel instrument built in 1830, and thus contemporary with the music performed on it.


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