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Songs Without Words (Von Alpenheim)


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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips Duo
  • ASIN: B00000417E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.19 - No. 1 in E (Andante con moto) "Sweet Remembrance" 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.19 - No. 2 in A minor (Andante espressivo) 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.19 - No. 3 in A (Molto allegro) "Hunting Song" 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.19 - No. 4 in A (Moderato) 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.19 - No. 5 in F sharp minor (Agitato) "Restlessness" 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.19 - No. 6 in G minor (Andante sostenuto) "Venetian Gondola Song" 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30 - No. 1. Andante espressivo in E flat 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30 - No. 2. Allegro di molto in B flat minor 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30 - No. 3. Andante sostenuto in E "Consolation" 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30 - No. 4. Agitato e con fuoco in B minor 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30 - No. 5. Andante grazioso in D 1:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30 - No. 6. Allegretto in F sharp minor "Venetian Gondola Song" 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.38 - No. 1. Con moto in E flat 1:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.38 - No. 2. Allegro non troppo in C minor "Lost Happiness" 1:47£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.38 - No. 3. Presto in E "La harpe du poète" 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.38 - No. 4. Andante in A 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.38 - No. 5. Agitato in A minor "Appassionata" 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.38 - No. 6. Andante con moto in A flat "Duetto" 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 - No. 1. Andante con moto in A flat 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 - No. 2. Allegro non troppo in E flat "The Fleecy Cloud" 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 - No. 3. Presto agitato in G minor 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 - No. 4. Adagio in F "Sadness of Soul" 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 - No. 5. Allegro in A minor "Folk-Song" 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 - No. 6. Molto allegro vivace in A "La fuite" 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Mendelssohn: Andante con variazioni in E flat, Op.82 7:16£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.62 - No. 1 Andante espressivo in G "May Breeze" 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.62 - No. 2 Allegro con fuoco in B flat 1:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.62 - No. 3 Andante maestoso in E minor "Funeral March" 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.62 - No. 4 Allegro con anima in G "Morning Song" 1:21£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.62 - No. 5 Andante in A minor "Venetian Gondola Song" 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.62 - No. 6 Andante grazioso in A "Spring Song" 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.67 - No. 1. Andante in E flat 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.67 - No. 2. Allegro leggiero in F sharp minor "Lost Illusions" 1:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.67 - No. 3. Andante tranquillo in B flat 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.67 - No. 4. Presto in C "The Bee's Wedding" ("Spinning Song") 1:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.67 - No. 5. Moderato in B minor "The Shepherd's complaint" 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.67 - No. 6. Allegro non troppo in E "Cradle Song" 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.85 - No. 1. Andante espressivo in F 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.85 - No. 2. Allegro agitato in A minor "Adieu"0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.85 - No. 3. Presto in E flat 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.85 - No. 4. Andante sostenuto in D "Elegy" 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.85 - No. 5. Allegretto in A 1:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.85 - No. 6. Allegretto con moto in B flat 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.102 - No. 1. Andante un poco agitato in E minor 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.102 - No. 2. Adagio in D 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.102 - No. 3. Presto in C "Tarantelle" 1:18£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.102 - No. 4. Un poco agitato in G minor "The Sighing Wind" 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.102 - No. 5. Allegro vivace in A "The Joyous Peasant" 1:19£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.102 - No. 6. Andante in C "Belief" 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Mendelssohn: Andante cantabile e presto agitato in B 8:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Mendelssohn: Variations, Op.83 8:31£0.79  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mhr on 7 Jun 2010
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This 2-CD set has a complete recording of Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words - 48 short pieces (in 8 groups in total) composed throughout his career between 1828 and 1845. There are also three others published posthumously after Mendelssohn's death in 1847. One of the earliest pieces from Op.19 was dedicated to his beloved sister, Fanny.

They touch on a moment of tenderness, passion, melancholy and vivacity, expressing Romantic sentiment of the period. They are in the same genre as Chopin's Nocturnes and Impromptus and Brahms's Intermezzo. They also remind the listener of Tchaikovsky's piano pieces. Apparently these works by Mendelssohn were very popular in Victorian England. Many of them have nicknames, probably added by the publishers.

There are many beautiful tunes. Three "Venetian Gondola Songs" are nostalgic songs, presumably sung (or believed to have been sung) by the gondoliers. The second of these, Op.30, No.6, is exquisite. It sounds just like one of Chopin's nocturnes. Then, it is not really surprising since Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and Chopin (1810-1849) were exact contemporaries. Op.30, No.1 reminds the listener of Faure's Romance Sans Paroles (Songs Without Words) Op.17 because of their similar style. Faure (born two years before Mendelssohn's death) obviously learned the style from Mendelssohn, naming his pieces as such.

Ilse von Alpenheim plays these miniatures with utmost delicacy. There is a good recording by Murray Perahia, but it has only selections on one CD. Those who want to listen to a complete version will not be disappointed, to say the least, by this recording by von Alpenheim.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
A lot of listening 12 Sep 2002
By Gilbert L Raff - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD began a serious exploration of Songs Without Words for me that has included the Barenboim recording and others. I heartily don't recommend the latter as being incredibly fast and lacking any sensitivity. By contrast, this interpretation has kept me thinking and holds interest after many months. In fact, I'm on this space to purchase a replacement disc. I should also mention that it is very well recorded and retains the bass without boosting. If you appreciate Songs Without Words, this is the best recording I've found.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Lovely Piano Miniatures 13 Jun 2006
By Robin Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Felix Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words" will always have a special place in my heart because one of the "Venetian Boat Songs", opus 19 no. 6 was the first work of serious music that I performed in a piano recital as a child. I have returned to the collection many times over the years, both to hear the music and on occasion to practice some of the pieces.

Mendelssohn composed eight sets of "Songs without Words", each consisting of six pieces, over a course of 12 years (1835, 1837, 1841, 1844, 1845, and two posthumously published sets in 1847). These works are romantic miniatures, characterized by their lyricism (the title of "songs" is apt), elegance, polish, grace, and imagination. Each piece is intended to capture for the listener a specific mood or emotion; they are of the type of romantic piano music sometimes referred to as a "character" piece, as are the individual sections of Schumann's Carnaval and Scenes from Childhood, Scubert's Impromptus, and Moments Musicaux, and much of Chopin. Many of the pieces in the collection have acquired nicknames over the years, but Mendelssohn himself only gave titles to five: the three "Venetian Boat Songs", the "Duetto", opus 38 no. 6, and the "folksong", opus 53 no. 5.

Mendelssohn's Songs were highly popular during the mid-19th Century but have subsequently been criticized by many for their alleged superficiality, their generally cheerful tone, and their lack of intense passion. I find the criticism misdirected. These pieces were composed for amateurs to play in their own homes. They have a flow and a beauty to them that I would not part with. It is sad that domestic music-making, people playing for themselves for the sheer joy of it, is becoming an endangered art.

This two-CD mid-priced Phillips set includes the complete Songs without Words performed by Ilse von Alpenheim. In addition, the compilation includes three of Mendelssohn's other piano works: two sets of variations and an andante cantabile. Ms. von Alpenheim was the wife of conductor Antal Dorati. Her recorded output was not extensive, but it includes the Haydn piano concertos with Dorati at the podium. Ms. von Alpenheim is a near-ideal pianist for Mendelssohn's Songs. She has an exquisite, polished, touch, a singing melodic line and flexible but controlled rhythm. She plays without mannerism. She neither prettifies these works nor attempts to find profundities in them. She offers the type of performance that one can imagine hearing in a home or in an intimate hall. I enjoyed relistening to these performances, score in hand.

Listeners will each find their own favorities in this collection. My favorites include the three Venetian Boat Songs, the first song in opus 62, the opus 62 no. 3 "funeral march" and the the first, and surprisingly romantic, work of opus 67,

Rehearing Mendelssohn's Songs brought me happy moments and made me want to turn to some of these works, including the Venetian Boat Song I played as a child and its two companions, on the piano. Amateur pianists and those who love the piano will enjoy this recording.

Robin Friedman
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Ravishimg songs without words! 16 Dec 2004
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Antal Dorati `s wife was an exquisite pianist wrought in the purest roots of the late Romanticism . Her Mendelssohn texture reveals the wide scope she had . Despoiled of that slender refinement which weakened seriously the score, she is more interested in extracting the dramatic nucleus instead the possible fireworks and the sweet charm of every piece .

The other three recommended versions would be in this precise order : Walter Gieseking , Annia Dorffman and Daniel Barenboim.

Pitifully Guiomar Novaes that incredible brazilian pianist just recorded several pieces but never as whole .
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, delightful, colorful 20 Mar 2005
By R. N. Shagam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very expressive and colorful, but not overstated recording. I picked it up a number of years not knowing anything about the performer, but it was the only complete recording in the store at the time. I was impressed the first time I played it, but since then, my enthusuasm grows for it every time I hear it. Only later did I learn that in addition to being Antal Dorati's widow, that she has recorded all of Haydn's piano works and just a few other albums--I will surely be on the lookout for them. I only wish she had recorded more widely.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful music 6 May 2014
By R. F. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Received the album in good order. No Problem at all and loved the music. It is very atmospheric. Highly recommended.
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