Friday, 8 May 2009

268. Felix Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto no. 1 (1831)


Title: The Romantic Piano Concerto 17
Performers: Stephen Hough, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Year: 1997
Length: 18 minutes


Another great piece by Felix Mendelssohn. It is weird to think how badly considered Mendelssohn was for such a long time, seen as a minor popular composer he is now finally coming into his own as a great early-romantic composer.

Maybe the fact that Mendelssohn's life was overall happier than that of many famous composer has put people against him. No one like a genius who is not extremely tormented. But hey, it's not his fault.

This quite short piano concerto is another example of great Mendelssohn music, the movements flow into each other perfectly with no separation between them, the music is very attractive and fluid and even if it isn't the best piano concerto around it shows Mendelssohn's composing talents beautifully.

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From Wikipedia:

[The movements] use several relatively new formal techniques in their brief span — for example, the piano enters very soon after the opening of the first movement, with little of an orchestral tutti to contrast with. The concerto quickly obtained popularity, and contains many sections of improvisation, one of Mendelssohn's specialities.

1st movement:

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