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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos

Ronald Brautigam, Die Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens

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Rondo brillant in E-Flat Major, Op. 29, MWV O 10
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
10:32
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O 7  
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I. Molto allegro con fuoco
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
7:16
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II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
4:56
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III. Presto - Molto allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
6:10
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Capriccio brillant in B Minor, Op. 22, MWV O 8
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
10:31
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O 11  
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I. Allegro appassionato
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
9:05
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II. Adagio. Molto sostenuto
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
5:36
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III. Finale. Presto scherzando
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
6:34
Serenade und Allegro giojoso, Op. 43, MWV O 12  
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I. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
5:20
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II. Allegro giojoso
Felix Mendelssohn; Ronald Brautigam; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens
6:43
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Total Playing Time    72:43
Ronald Brautigam has recorded more than 60 albums for BIS, including the complete solo keyboard music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on the fortepiano. But his first releases on the label, in the mid-1990s, were Mendelssohn’s concertante works for piano and orchestra, on modern piano. When he now returns to these scores, it is on a copy of a Pleyel grand piano from 1830 – the year before Mendelssohn composed his Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor. And the orchestra supporting him is the period band Die Kölner Akademie under Michael Alexander Willens, the same team that he has already collaborated with for an acclaimed 11-album survey of Mozart’s keyboard concertos.

The historically informed accompaniments and the clarity of the solo instrument contribute to performances of a great charm and freshness, shedding a new light on these works. Composed between 1831 and 1838, they were all written primarily for Mendelssohn’s own use as a touring concert pianist, but soon entered the repertoire of many other pianists – especially the G minor concerto, which was extremely popular in the composer’s own time.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Records Studio Masters

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