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Label:
  MDG - http://www.mdg.de/
Serial:
  943 1421-6
Title:
  Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Piano Music - Leonskaja, Volkov
Description:
  Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 25, Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 40, Wiegenlied Op. 67 No. 6, Trauermarsch Op. 62 No. 3, Andante con moto Op. 19b No. 1, Volkslied Op. 55 No. 5, Venetianisches Gondellied Op. 62 No. 5, Andante Op. 102 No. 6, Venetianisches Gondellied Op. 19b No. 6, Venetianisches Gondellied Op. 30 No. 6, Frühlingslied Op. 62 No. 6

Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)
Camerata Salzburg
Ilan Volkov (conductor)
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Genre:
  Classical - Orchestral
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
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Review by Michelten May 23, 2009 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
This record includes a wonderful programme with the 1st and 2nd Mendelssohn Piano Concertos, and a selection of Songs without Words. Leonskajaís interpretation is phenomenal, accurately portraying the high sense of romanticism and passion that is a watermark in all of Mendelssohnís music. The orchestra performs with a vivid tempo, nice articulation, and impressive dynamics in the string section.

I have mixed feelings with the recording (pcm): on the one hand, piano sonorities are reasonably rich at the higher register, and orchestral sounds are colourful as individual instruments play their leading parts; on the other hand, definition and clarity are below average, and piano presence and mid-register sonority is somewhat deceiving, particularly in the concertos' f and ff sections (unlike in the SwW's). This, I find rather surprising as MDG so proudly writes about the quality of their recordings. I should nevertheless mention this is their trademark "2+2+2" recording (centre and sub outputs are diverted to two front higher channels instead), and even though MDG claims itís 5.1 compatible, I believe sound might be compromised when played with a MCH 5.1 setting. I haven't listen the 2CH version; perhaps that would avoid these concerns.

All things considered, on grounds of Leonskajaís excellent interpretation and Camerata Salzburg's superb orchestral performance, I would still recommended it, particularly to all Mendelssohn fans.

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Review by atolones March 29, 2012 (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:    
Just purchased a second hand one of this SA-CD. I've just listened the stereo version with my Audio-Technica ATH-A900 earphones. Conclusion: stereo version of concertos is OK. The stereo version of the other pieces has a little echo.
The multichannel version has much echo on my Denon equipment (DVD-3910 + AVC-A11XV + 5 JBL studio monitor speakers). I feel disappointed by MDG. The Mozart Piano Concertos on SA-CD by Christian Zacharias are much better recorded.

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Works: 8  

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - 6 Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words, Book 2), MWV U 77/97/98/103/104/110 Op. 30
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - 6 Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words, Book 4), MWV U 109/114/143/144/153/154 Op. 53
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - 6 Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words, Book 5), MWV U 151/161/175/177/181/185 Op. 62
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - 6 Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words, Book 6), MWV U 102/145/180/182/184/188 Op. 67
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - 6 Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words, Book 8), MWV U 152/162/172/190/194/196 Op. 102
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - 6 Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words, Book I), MWV U 73/78/80/86/89/90 Op. 19b
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, MWV O 7 Op. 25
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, MWV O 11 Op. 40