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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos

Cyprien Katsaris Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00005MO9I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.25 : I Molto allegro con fuocoCyprien Katsaris 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.25 : II AndanteKurt Masur 5:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.25 : III Presto - Molto allegro e vivaceKurt Masur 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor Op.40 : I Allegro appassionatoKurt Masur 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor Op.40 : II Adagio molto sostenutoKurt Masur 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor Op.40 : III Finale - Presto scherzandoKurt Masur 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mendelssohn : Piano Concerto in A minor [1822] : I AllegroCyprien Katsaris, JŠnos Rolla & Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra13:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mendelssohn : Piano Concerto in A minor [1822] : II AdagioCyprien Katsaris, JŠnos Rolla & Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra 8:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mendelssohn : Piano Concerto in A minor [1822] : III Finale - Allegro, ma non troppoCyprien Katsaris, JŠnos Rolla & Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra 9:17£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Concerto For Piano and String Orchestra (CD Album) mit Cyprien Katsaris, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig / Kurt Masur, Fraz Liszt Chamber Orchestra / Janos Rolla ? Cyprien Katsaris, ? Gewandhausorchester Leipzig / Kurt Masur, ? Fraz Liszt Chamber Orchestra / Janos Rolla - Konzert fŁr Klavier und Orchester Nr. 1 G-Moll op. 25 1. 1. Molto Allegro Con Fuoco 2. 2. Andante 3. 3. Presto: Molto Allegro Vivace - Cyprien Catsaris (Klavier) - Kurt Masur (Dirigent) - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Konzert fŁr Klavier und Orchester Nr. 2 D-Moll op. 40 4. 1. Allegro Appassionato 5. 2. Adagio 6. 3. Finale: Presto Scherzando - Cyprien Catsaris (Klavier) - Kurt Masur (Dirigent) - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Konzert fŁr Klavier und Streichorchester A-Moll 7. 1. Allegro 8. 2. Adagio 9. 3. Finale: Allegro ma Non Troppo - Cyprien Catsaris (Klavier) - JŠnos Rolla (Dirigent) - Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mendelssohn 26 Aug 2011
By PEPITA
Format:Audio CD
THIS DOUBLE CD IS A REAL WONDER. IT IS DIFFICULT TO SAY WHICH OF THE "SONGS WITHOUT WORDS" IS THE NICEST, THEY ARE DIFFERENT BUT HAVE ONE SIMILARITY THEY OFFER THE BEST WAY TO RELAX AND TO DE-STRESS. THE SECOND CD OFFERS A SERIES OF OPUS AND PIECES FOR CHILDREN, CONDOLA SONG, 2 PIECES FOR PIANO AND THE ALBUM LEAF. FOR ME IT IS A DISCOVERY, I HAD NEVER SUPECTED MENDELSSOHN TO HAVE COMPOSED SUCH BEAUTIFUL PIECES. FOR PIANO LOVERS IT IS A MUST IN YOUR DISCOGRAPHY...JUST BUY IT AND DISCOVER HOW NICE IT IS...I AM INTERESTED IN CLASSICAL MUSIC SINCE AT LEAST 35 YEARS AND DESPITE THAT I HAVE JUST DISCOVERED A WONDERFUL COMPOSER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances 1 Jan 2007
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These are the best recordings of these pieces available.

Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos have been largely ignored, and not really accepted into the professional repertoire. After listening to these performances you'll be scatching your head and asking, "why?" These are great performances that are highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brittle performances. 7 May 2010
By Bob in Santa Monica - Published on Amazon.com
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These are marvelous concertos that deserve your attention. For those hearing it for the first time, the (very) youthful concerto for piano and strings will be a revelation. It dates from the same period as Mendelsson's amazing string symphonies, and the orchestral accompaniment is much more than just an accompaniment. It contains excellent string writing, with considerable counterpoint and fine interplay between soloist and strings. The early concerto shows unequivocally Mendelsson's debt to Hummel, and could easily pass for one of Hummel's own concertos, albeit with more substance and less dazzle in the passagework. The music will stick in your mind, unlike many of the lesser works of the period, and it wears extremely well. (Some of Weber's influence is also present, as in the "athletic" piano writing in places, and the tremolando/parlando section of the middle movement, which foreshadows similar writing in the middle movement of Chopin's second concerto.) The other two concertos, more mature works, are great fun, and are well known. They do a fine job of contrasting the virtuosic with the lyrical, and have moments of great beauty as well as dazzling digital wizardry. Clearly, they were designed to entertain and to please, especially the first concerto. Now to the performance itself. Katsaris clearly can play very fast. Unfortunately, that seems to be his major virtue. These performances are basically glittering, but unfeeling: an excercise in virtuosity that does little justice to the quality of these compositions. Having seen Serkin perform the two mature concertos live and experienced his great joy playing these, and having grown up with his recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy, I strongly recommend that recording in spite of its slightly bright sound. Serkin combines energy, virtuosity, and melting lyricism in one enjoyable package. He seems to be saying, "Look how much I love these and how much fun I'm having!", whereas Katsaris seems to be saying, "Look how fast I can play!". Serkin's performance of the second mvmt of the second concerto is almost a full two minutes longer than Katsaris, and is much the better for it. This gorgeous mvmt now has some substance, rather than coming across as a brief trifle. As far as good recordings of the piano/strings concerto, the old recording by Rena Kyriakou stands out, if you can find it. It has great detail and a forward presence, and a good piano sound to complement her fine and persuasive performance. Unfortunately, this re-release of the original Turnabout issue (on the Tuxedo label) has the caveat that while the concerto is in good stereo, the accompanying shorter pieces for piano and orchestra are in mono, even though they were in early stereo on the original LP. Brautigam's performance on Bis suffers from the same addiction to velocity as Katsaris', although his playing has more poetry. His performances of #1 and #2 are OK, but not outstanding. The chamber orchestra that partners with him has the unfortunate mannerism of clipping off the last note of phrases, which if you are familiar with the music, becomes rather annoying. I expect that Benjamin Frith might record the piano/string concerto for Naxos at some point, but I have found his playing to be rather bland on other releases.
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