Concerto for Piano & Orchestra #1 in G minor op. 25 - Molto allegro con fuoco
Presto-Molto allegro e vivace
17 Variations serieuses in D minor op. 54 - Tema. Andante sostenuto
Variation 2. Un poco piu animato
Variation 3. Piu animato
Variation 4. Sempre staccato e leggiero
Variation 5. Agitato. Legato ed espressivo
Variation 6. A tempo
Variation 7. Con fuoco
Variation 8. Allegro vivace
Variation 10. Moderato
Variation 11. Cantabile
Variation 12. Tempo del tema
Variation 13. Sempre assai leggiero. Sempre assai marcato
Variation 14. Adagio
Variation 15. Poco a poco piu agitato
Variation 16. Allegro vivace
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra #2 in D minor op. 40 - Allegro appassionato
Adagio. Molto sostenuto-attacca
Finale. Presto scherzando
Rondo capriccioso in E major op. 14 - Andante
Song Without Words in G minor 'Venetian Gondola Song' op. 19b/6 - Andante sostenuto
Jan Lisiecki :
Mendelssohn w/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
JAN LISIECKI AND ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA RELEASE MENDELSSOHN ON DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
Including Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, Variations sérieuses, Rondo capriccioso and the "Venetian Boat Song" from the Songs without Words
"A pianist who makes every note count." – The New York Times
Acclaimed 23-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki joins forces with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to release Mendelssohn on Deutsche Grammophon on February 1. The album explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, complemented with a selection of Mendelssohn's most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso and the "Venetian Boat Song" from the Songs without Words.
Felix Mendelssohn was a year younger than Lisiecki is now when he wrote his First Piano Concerto in G minor; the work was dedicated to the seventeen-year-old pianist Delphine von Schauroth. Cast in three movements, it is a lively, spirited work, at times requiring lightning-quick playing. Lisiecki finds it remarkable that the concerto begins as if "in the middle of a piece," and particularly appreciates the buoyancy of this early work – he thinks of it as like "a nature trip" and notes that its "lightness of touch ... reminds [him] very much of playing Mozart."
Lisiecki sees the Second Piano Concerto in D minor, which Mendelssohn wrote immediately after his honeymoon in 1837, as providing a certain contrast with the First. "The Second Concerto has darker and deeper emotions," he says. "It's less secure, it's uncertain, it's not so confident, it's searching." He adds that it reminds him in some ways of Schumann, with its "rapid emotional changes and unprepared character swings". He found it the more challenging of the two to record, not only because of its shifting moods, but also because of the intricacies of its orchestral accompaniment – as he points out, compared to the First Concerto, in the Second there is "more dialogue between the piano and the individual instruments".
Of his collaboration with Orpheus, Lisiecki says, "Everybody was involved in the musical process. That was quite amazing to see and a different experience."
About Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
The Grammy Award-winning ensemble was founded in 1972 by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra and has performed without the use of a conductor since its inception. Musicians rotate leadership roles for all rehearsals and performances as well as organizational capacities such as programming and governance. Orpheus believes in empowering the unique voice of all people to make a valuable contribution. Working together as a collective of leaders, members explore each other's musical ideas using their signature collaborative method, the Orpheus Process®, and give flight to vibrant, unconventional interpretations. Orpheus has recorded over 70 albums on all major classical labels and commissioned and premiered 49 new works for chamber orchestra. Orpheus presents an annual performance series in New York City featuring collaborations with world-class guest soloists and, as a touring ensemble, has performed in major international venues across 167 cities in 46 countries across four continents.