Editors’ Notes Jan Lisiecki was still only 23 when he released this, his fifth album for Deutsche Grammophon. It focuses on two of Mendelssohn’s concertos. Piano Concerto No. 1 was written for himself to play when he was about Lisiecki’s age. He must have been a fantastic pianist and Lisiecki proves a splendidly poetic, vibrant advocate. Piano Concerto No. 2, which drew praise from Schumann, has terrific power, and Lisiecki and the thrillingly energetic Orpheus Chamber Orchestra do it proud, treating it as chamber music on a big scale. Alongside the two concertos, Lisiecki gives us a pair of Mendelssohn’s finest solo works, which he plays with characteristic elegance and refinement.

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O7
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O7: 1. Molto allegro con fuoco
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O7: 2. Andante
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O7: 3. Presto. Molto allegro e vivace
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156
Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Tema. Andante sostenuto
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 1
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 2. Un poco più animato
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 3. Più animato
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 4
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 5. Agitato
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 6. A tempo
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 7
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 8. Allegro vivace
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 9
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 10. Moderato
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 11. Cantabile
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 12. Tempo del tema
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 13. Sempre assai leggiero
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 14. Adagio
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 15. Poco a poco più agitato
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 16. Allegro vivace
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Variations sérieuses, Op. 54, MWV U156: Variation 17
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O11
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O11: 1. Allegro appassionato
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O11: 2. Adagio. Molto sostenuto
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O11: 3. Finale. Presto scherzando
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Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14, MWV U67
Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14, MWV U67: 1. Andante
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Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14, MWV U67: 2. Presto leggiero
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Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19: No. 6 in G Minor (Andante sostenuto) "Venetian Gondola Song", MWV U78
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