Editors’ Notes The young Felix Mendelssohn was one of the finest pianists of the early 19th century as well as a great composing prodigy. Both talents combine for intensely beautiful piano masterpieces that test players to their technical and musical limits. Mendelssohn, however, wears his genius lightly. The Piano Concerto No. 1 is a joyful work cascading with notes—Ronald Brautigam responds to it with lightly worn virtuosity, his piano, a subtly toned modern copy of an 1830 Pleyel, lending the music a beautiful, chamber-like intimacy. The more substantial Piano Concerto No. 2 sits next to a couple of rarer miniatures for a delightful, rewarding album.

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Rondo brillant in E-Flat Major, Op. 29, MWV O 10
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O 7
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O 7: I. Molto allegro con fuoco
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O 7: II. Andante
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O 7: III. Presto - Molto allegro vivace
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Capriccio brillant in B Minor, Op. 22, MWV O 8
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O 11
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O 11: I. Allegro appassionato
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O 11: II. Adagio. Molto sostenuto
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O 11: III. Finale. Presto scherzando
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Serenade und Allegro giojoso, Op. 43, MWV O 12
Serenade und Allegro giojoso, Op. 43, MWV O 12: I. Andante
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Serenade und Allegro giojoso, Op. 43, MWV O 12: II. Allegro giojoso
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