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Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte-Book 5

Magazine article Gramophone

Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte-Book 5

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Mendelssohn

Lieder ohne Worte--Book 5, Op 62; Book 6, Op 67; Book 7, Op 85; Book 8, Op 102. Five Individual Lieder ohne Worte. Sechs Kinderstucke, Op 72. Zwei Stucke aus dem Notenalbum fur Eduard Benecke Ronald Brautigam pf BIS (F) [SACD] BIS1983 (74' * DDD/DSD)

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Few pieces conjure up more immediately and vividly the comfortable middle-class world of the 1840s than Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words. They provide a perfect soundtrack for Jane Austen--though she was writing several decades earlier--and while not all of them rise to the same level of lyrical inspiration, surely only the brown-rice-and-two-cold-baths-a-day brigade could fail to respond to Mendelssohn's miraculous little tone-poems.

For his second volume of the Songs Without Words, Ronald Brautigam uses the same instrument as he did for the first--a 2010 piano by Paul McNulty, after an 1830 instrument by Pleyel. This instalment has the two remaining collections published in the composer's lifetime, two further compilations (each again containing six pieces) published posthumously, five individual Songs, six Kinderstucke (1847) and two morceaux Aus dem Notenalbum fur Eduard Benecke. …

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