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Mendelssohn: Songs without Words (2 CD's)
 
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Mendelssohn: Songs without Words (2 CD's)

6 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1974
  • Release Date: 6 Feb. 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 2:11:39
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  • ASIN: B001N2OBKY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,914 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
These wonderfully musical performances of Mendelssohn's "Songs without Words" by Daniel Barenboim display a pianism of highest order, the noble restraint of which reminds me of the artistry of Artur Rubinstein. Barenboim makes the instrument sing most beautifully and plays some of the most taxing scores with stunning dexterity and fluency. The 70s' stereo recording has very realistic and full sound quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2012
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This is a most desirable pair of discs in so far as it is such a generous survey of works beyond the Songs without Words. This new and remastered edition offers an improved sound over its predecessor.

Barenboim proves to be an ideal guide to this highly lyrical outpouring of Mendelssohn and it is the lyrical side that is mostly stressed. It needs to be noted that the remastering in the later edition rectifies the rather shallow and bass light sound balance of the previous edition and provides additional clarity too. The sound is now clearly preferable to my ears in this newer mastering.

This pair of discs includes far more than the complete Songs as it continues with the Kinderstucke, Gondellied, the two Klavierstucke and concludes finally with the very popular Albumblatt. This comprehensive selection is unique on disc and makes the set even more attractive. However I would also suggest that the partial survey of the Songs plus other works by Sebastian Knauer is a worthy competitor with even better sound and equally sympathetic playing.

At the moment Barenboim has the added advantage of a very low price on this lower priced and re-mastered complete edition compared to Knauer' selection. Knauer has the advantage of sound quality plus arguably even more attractive playing. My suggestion would be to buy both Barenboim and Knauer if at all possible.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2006
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This is a lovely double CD set. Mendelssohn solo piano music is beautiful and very escapist. Although I am a classical buff myself, I am buying a second copy to give to my fashionable electric guitar playing mate who wants to get into classical but doesn't know what he'd like. I reckon this stuff is hard to dislike and very accessible to classical newbes. I also have no complaints about Barenboim's performance/interpretation of these works.
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By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Bach's 48 preludes and fugues seem to me to be to some extent a diary of the composer's feelings, and I get much the same impression from Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, which are also 48 in number. To me, they are beautiful and touching minor masterpieces and when I hear them I am not disturbed, or even visited, by the thought that they are not masterpieces to rank with Bach's. However I am not as exacting in evaluating a performance of them as I would be with Bach either, and when I willingly award this set 5 stars I know that I'm setting the bar lower. There are limits to what any interpreter, even the greatest, of the Songs Without Words can find in them, but for all that some interpreters are greater than others, and I happen to know even better accounts of some of these pieces than you will find on these two discs from Barenboim.

It was high time in any case that I had a complete set of these lovely works. My collection up to now had only stretched to 14 of them, but - I have to say it again - those 14 are enough to teach me the difference between fine performances and great ones. Barenboim's accounts should be easily good enough for most of us most of the time, and in addition to the Songs he throws in the Children's Pieces plus a few other short numbers that Mendelssohn, for reasons known principally to himself, chose not to publish. With one solitary exception, Barenboim's touch is affectionate, warm and beautiful, and is well served by the 1974 recording. Speeds adopted sound about right to me in general, and the interpretations offered are full of insight and loving care, and free from eccentricity or egotism.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Bradley on 5 Oct. 2004
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A wonderful recording that I guarantee you find yourself listening to time and time again. 48 unpretentious and attractive compositions that will take you away from the stresses and strains of life. A recording that should be part of everyone's classical collection.
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