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Piano Music Box set

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Audio CD, Box set, October 7, 1997
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Whether in the large-scale Op. 6 Sonata and Variations Serieuses or the gentle yet cogently proportioned Songs Without Words, the indefatigable Martin Jones plays this music with assurance, insight, and a singing tone that never cloys. Moreover, Nimbus's rock-bottom price is hard to beat for customers wishing to acquire Mendelssohn's entire solo piano output in one fell swoop. --Jed Distler


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  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • ASIN: B0000037B1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Breer on July 3, 2006
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This is no doubt to me great piano music played by a great performer. I can't find anything wrong with that. The only problem is the recording quality is very poor, almost intolerable at times. This was recorded in the early through late 70s. I disagree with the previous reviewer, the sound isn't crisp or clear at all, it's very staticy and recorded at a very low volume so you have to crank up the volume creating more static. It's also hard to hear how beautiful the piano really is. To confirm what one of the other reviewers said it does sound as if the piano is underwater. Too bad the recording was not cleaned up to sound at least a little better.

Even at the price I paid ($25)it still may be over priced. It is a great way to get all of his solo piano music but if you want quality skip this and spend the extra money.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J.B. on July 2, 2003
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For the price, you really can't find a real deal... but in a lot of places, it's obvious why the price is as low as it is. First of all, the recording is awfully muddy and the piano's tone suffers as a result, often sounding more like it's underwater than anything else.
The second thing is that the pianist makes a fair amount of mistakes in the music he is playing, some of them often grating, something that is unacceptable in a studio recording. But I'm still giving it a middle-of-the-road score because the performances aside from the mistakes are often quite good.
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Complete sets of the Mendelssohn piano music are relatively rare (in the digital era, I believe the only complete survey has been the one by Frith on Naxos). Martin Jones's cycle was recorded in the late analog era in a spacious "natural" acoustic that to my ears sounds wonderfully vivid and lifelike, without a hint of electronic manipulation. These may indeed not be "studio" recordings at all but unedited complete takes, to simulate live recitals, in accordance with Nimbus's priorities at the time. If this is so, it may account for Jones's occasional finger slips and other minor blemishes. In most respects, however, Jones's playing is exemplary. He enters fully into the spirit of Mendelssohn's music, whose hallmark is early romantic passion cultivated and refined by a certain classicism and elegance. There is a bewildering variety of genres and idioms to be encountered here--from strict fugues to expansive sonatas and "characteristic" pieces such as caprices and fantasies. While not every piece represents the composer at his most inspired (some of the variation sets are a bit tedious), the bulk of this huge output is well worth hearing in Jones's warmly sympathetic renderings. Don't let the negative reviews (or the occasional wrong notes, which sometimes crop up in these very "live" performances) deter you. Recommended, though not in preference to Frith on Naxos, who offers more sparkling (and accurate) pianism. However, Frith's series is only available in single-disc installments, while Jones's has the advantage of being presented in an inexpensive multi-disc set. So I give this set a five-star rating for economy and convenience, and also to encourage pianophiles to explore this surprisingly underappreciated repertoire.Read more ›
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY VINE VOICE on February 21, 2005
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Mendelssohn's piano music is an amazing body of work and if you are a classical music fan who has not been exposed to it yet, this is a wonderful way to get his entire piano output. Nimbus has Marvin Jones( winner of the 1968 Myra Hess Award ) performing this for us, recorded in the 1970's. It is in ADD, which is what one would expect from that time, but the sound is very crisp and clear, with the microphone placement not extremely close to the piano, so as to capture the room acoustics. Mr. Jones plays with great brilliance, clarity, and enthusiasm, and, most importantly, he seems to capture the true spirit of Mendelssohn. The set is nicely packaged in two triple cases in a sleeve with a booklet.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Debra on September 21, 2006
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This is an amazing collection of Mendelssohn's works! However, the recording is a little on the soft side, so you sort of need to crank your speakers, but all in all, it's a must have for collectors of classical music. Enjoy! Oh, and may I strongly suggest track 3 of disc 4 - it was my whole reason for buying this collection. The entire set is amazing, but that track is worth the price of admission.
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