Robert Schumann, while not one of favourite composers or critics, I think described Mendelssohn's 2nd piano concerto best: "This concerto, to be sure, will offer virtuosos little in which to show off their monstrous dexterity. Mendelssohn gives them nothing to do that they have not already done a hundred times before... (But) Let us enjoy this fleeting gift!"
The same can be said for all of his works for piano and orchestra, all of which are contained on the disc. They really are wonderful pieces of music that you will love the first time you hear them, and can enjoy time and time again, very similar to Hummel, Field and Chopin.
Stephen Hough is a amazing pianist, though my only criticism of the disc is that it seems as though the tempo has been unnecessarily increased just to get all of the works on to one CD! I own another recording of these works on the Naxos label recording by Benjamin Frith which I feel does the Capriccio Brilliant (an absolutely amazing piece) much better justice by playing it a much more sensible tempo; Stephen Hough an co. race through it at break-neck speed, so much so that I unable to listen to it. As for the 1st concerto I would again recommend the alternative recording for this work.
However the 2nd concerto and the Serenade (not present on the Naxos recording) is where this recording really excels. Both are played perfectly in my opinion and have given me many hours of entertainment.
The Rondo Brilliant has yet to do anything for me on either recording, but it's maybe just not my cup of tea!