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Mendelssohn: The Piano Concertos

Martin Helmchen, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O 7  
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I. Molto allegro con fuoco
Felix Mendelssohn; Martin Helmchen; Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe
7:31
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II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Martin Helmchen; Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe
6:19
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III. Presto
Felix Mendelssohn; Martin Helmchen; Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe
6:52
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40  
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I. Allegro appassionato
Felix Mendelssohn; Martin Helmchen; Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe
9:36
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II. Adagio - Molto sostenuto
Felix Mendelssohn; Martin Helmchen; Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe
6:06
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III. Finale. Presto scherzando
Felix Mendelssohn; Martin Helmchen; Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe
7:06
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Rondo brillant in E Flat Major, Op. 29
Felix Mendelssohn; Martin Helmchen; Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe
11:20
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    54:50
"Mr. Helmchen has a noble bearing and a noble sound, shaping lines as elegant and clean as a Greek temple’s."
- The New York Times

The romantic and virtuoso piano concertos by Mendelssohn never became as popular as his violin concertos but are of just as high a calibre. Helmchen regularly works with Philippe Herreweghe and this collaboration has resulted in a very special album.

Martin Helmchen was born in Berlin in 1982. He received his first piano lessons at the age of six. From 1993 until graduating from school in 2000 he was a student of Galina Iwanzowa at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin. After 2001, he studied with Arie Vardi at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Hannover. His career received its first major impulse after winning the Clara Haskil Competition in 2001.

The young pianist Martin Helmchen has already been awarded two of the most important prizes in the music scene: the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award and the ECHO Klassik. He received the Crédit Suisse Award in September 2006. The prize included his début with the Vienna Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto during the Lucerne Festival.
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Tracks 1-7 (PCM version) contain material which utilizes a limited amount of the available bandwidth.

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