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Mendelssohn

Jan Lisiecki, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O7  
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1. Molto allegro con fuoco
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
7:24
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2. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
6:07
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3. Presto. Molto allegro e vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
6:35
Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156  
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Tema. Andante sostenuto
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
1:00
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Variation 1
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:38
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Variation 2: Un poco più animato
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:30
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Variation 3: Più animato
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:22
8
Variation 4
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:23
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Variation 5: Agitato
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:27
10
Variation 6: A tempo
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:24
11
Variation 7
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:23
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Variation 8: Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:15
13
Variation 9
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:20
14
Variation 10: Moderato
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:45
15
Variation 11: Cantabile
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:38
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Variation 12: Tempo del tema
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:28
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Variation 13: Sempre assai leggiero
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:40
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Variation 14: Adagio
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
1:15
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Variation 15: Poco a poco più agitato
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:33
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Variation 16: Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
0:17
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Variation 17
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
2:30
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O11  
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1. Allegro appassionato
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
9:50
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2. Adagio. Molto sostenuto
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
6:14
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3. Finale. Presto scherzando
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
6:51
Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14, MWV U67  
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1. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
2:14
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2. Presto leggiero
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
4:54
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19  
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No. 6 in G Minor (Andante sostenuto) "Venetian Gondola Song", MWV U78
Felix Mendelssohn; Jan Lisiecki
1:58
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:55
For his latest Deutsche Grammophon album, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, in which he is accompanied by the internationally acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York. He complements the two concertos with a selection of some of Mendelssohn’s most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso and the “Venetian Boat Song” from the Songs without Words.

Despite his youth, twenty-three-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has already built up a long list of achievements. Having skipped four grades, he graduated from high school at the age of fifteen. He began performing in public as a child, recorded his first album as a teenager, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2016, when he was still only twenty.

Felix Mendelssohn was a year younger than Lisiecki is now when he wrote his First Piano Concerto in G minor; the work was dedicated to the seventeen-year-old pianist Delphine von Schauroth, then the object of the young composer’s affection. Cast in three movements, it is a lively, spirited work, at times requiring lightning-quick playing. Lisiecki finds it remarkable that the concerto begins as if “in the middle of a piece”, and particularly appreciates the buoyancy of this early work – he thinks of it as like “a nature trip” and notes that its “lightness of touch ... reminds [him] very much of playing Mozart”.

He chose to record the concertos with one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. This elite group of players from New York are unusual in that they rehearse and perform without a conductor.

“Everybody was involved in the musical process. That was quite amazing to see. Usually it’s the conductor and I who are listening, but here you have a group of twenty people all listening to what was just done and hearing for themselves what they will change. That was a different experience.”
- Jan Lisiecki
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