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MENDELSSOHN:COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 3 Caprices, Op.33: No.1
  2. 3 Caprices, Op.33: No.2
  3. 3 Caprices, Op.33: No.3
  4. Capriccio In F# Minor, Op.5
  5. Capriccio In E Major, Op.118
  6. Scherzo In B Minor
  7. Scherzo a Capriccio In F# Minor
  8. Andante & Rondo Capriccioso, Op.14
  9. Perpetuum Mobile, Op.119
  10. Two Klavierstucke: No.1
  11. Two Klavierstucke: No.2
  12. Andante Cantabile & Presto Agitato

Disc: 2

  1. Sonata in B flat, Op.106: I. Allegro vivace
  2. Sonata in B flat, Op.106: II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo
  3. Sonata in B flat, Op.106: III. Andante quasi allegretto
  4. Sonata in B flat, Op.106: IV. Allegro moderato
  5. Sonata in E, Op.6: I. Allegretto con espressione
  6. Sonata in E, Op.6: II. Tempo di menuetto
  7. Sonata in E, Op.6: III. Adagio e senza tempo
  8. Sonata in E, Op.6: IV. Molto allegro e vivace
  9. Sonata in G, Op. 105: I. Allegro
  10. Sonata in G, Op. 105: II. Adagio
  11. Sonata in G, Op. 105: III. Presto
  12. Six Kinderstucke, Op.72: I. Allegro non troppo
  13. Six Kinderstucke, Op.72: II. Andante sostenuto
  14. Six Kinderstucke, Op.72: III. Allegretto
  15. Six Kinderstucke, Op.72: IV. Andante con moto
  16. Six Kinderstucke, Op.72: V. Allegro assai
  17. Six Kinderstucke, Op.72: VI. Vivace

Disc: 3

  1. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 1 in E minor: Allegro con fuoco
  2. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 1 in E minor: Andante Espressivo
  3. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 2 in D Major: Allegretto
  4. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 2 in D Major: Tranquillo e sempre legato
  5. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 3 in B minor: Prestissimo staccato
  6. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 3 in B minor: Allegro con brio
  7. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 4 in A flat major: Con moto
  8. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 4 in A flat major: Con moto, ma sostenuto
  9. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 5 in F Major: Andante lento
  10. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 5 in F Major: Allegro con fuoco
  11. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 6 in B flat major: Maestoso moderato
  12. Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 No. 6 in B flat major: Allegro con brio
  13. Prelude And Fugue In E Minor: Prelude - Allegro molto
  14. Prelude And Fugue In E Minor: Fugue - Allegro energico
  15. Three Preludes And Three Studies, Op. 104 - Three Preludes: No. 1 in B Flat Major - Allegro molto e vivace
  16. Three Preludes And Three Studies, Op. 104 - Three Preludes: No. 2 In B Minor - Allegro agitato
  17. Three Preludes And Three Studies, Op. 104 - Three Preludes: No. 3 In D Major - Allegro vivace
  18. Three Preludes And Three Studies, Op. 104 - Three Studies: No. 1 In B Flat Minor - Presto
  19. Three Preludes And Three Studies, Op. 104 - Three Preludes: No. 2 In B Minor - Allegro agitato
  20. Three Preludes And Three Studies, Op. 104 - Three Preludes: No. 3 In D Major - Allegro vivace
  21. Study In F Minor

Disc: 4

  1. Variations Serieuses In D Minos, Opus 54 - Mendelssohn
  2. Three Fantasies Or Caprices, Opus 16: I. Andante con moto - Mendelssohn
  3. Three Fantasies Or Caprices, Opus 16: II. Scherzo-Presto - Mendelssohn
  4. Three Fantasies Or Caprices, Opus 16: III. Andante - Mendelssohn
  5. Variations In E-Flat Major, Opus 82 - Mendelssohn
  6. Fantasy In F-Sharp Minor, Opus 82: I. Con moto agitato - Mendelssohn
  7. Fantasy In F-Sharp Minor, Opus 82: II. Allegro con moto - Mendelssohn
  8. Fantasy In F-Sharp Minor, Opus 82: III. Presto - Mendelssohn
  9. Variations In B-Flat Major, Opus 83 - Mendelssohn
  10. Fantasy On 'The Last Rose Of Summer', Op. 15 - Mendelssohn

Disc: 5

  1. Book One, Op. 19: Sweet Remembrance
  2. Book One, Op. 19: Regrets
  3. Book One, Op. 19: Hunting Song
  4. Book One, Op. 19: Confidence
  5. Book One, Op. 19: Restlessness
  6. Book One, Op. 19: Venetian Boat Song
  7. Book Two, Op. 30: Contemplation
  8. Book Two, Op. 30: Unrest
  9. Book Two, Op. 30: Consolation
  10. Book Two, Op. 30: The Wanderer
  11. Book Two, Op. 30: The Brook
  12. Book Two, Op. 30: Venetian Boat Song
  13. Book Three, Op. 38: The Evening Star
  14. Book Three, Op. 38: Lost Happiness
  15. Book Three, Op. 38: The Poet's Harp
  16. Book Three, Op. 38: Hope
  17. Book Three, Op. 38: Passion
  18. Book Three, Op. 38: Duet
  19. Book Four, Op. 53: On the Seashore
  20. Book Four, Op. 53: Clouds
  21. Book Four, Op. 53: Agitation
  22. Book Four, Op. 53: Sadness of Soul
  23. Book Four, Op. 53: Folk Song
  24. Book Four, Op. 53: Flight
  25. Book Five, Op. 62: May Breezes
  26. Book Five, Op. 62: The Departure
  27. Book Five, Op. 62: Funeral March
  28. Book Five, Op. 62: Morning Song
  29. Book Five, Op. 62: Venetian Boat Song
  30. Book Five, Op. 62: Spring Song

Disc: 6

  1. Seven Characteristic Pieces, Op. 7: No. 1 In E Minor - Andante
  2. Seven Characteristic Pieces, Op. 7: No. 2 In B Minor - Allegro vivace
  3. Seven Characteristic Pieces, Op. 7: No. 3 In D Major - Allegro vivace
  4. Seven Characteristic Pieces, Op. 7: No. 4 In A Major - Con moto
  5. Seven Characteristic Pieces, Op. 7: No. 5 In A Major - Fuga
  6. Seven Characteristic Pieces, Op. 7: No. 6 In E Minor - Andante
  7. Seven Characteristic Pieces, Op. 7: No. 7 In E Major - Presto
  8. Gondellied In A Major
  9. Albumblatt In E Minor, Op. 117
  10. Songs Without Words Book Six, Op. 67: No. 1 In E Flat Major - Andante
  11. Songs Without Words Book Six, Op. 67: No. 2 In F Sharp Minor - Allegro Leggiero
  12. Songs Without Words Book Six, Op. 67: No. 3 In B Flat Major - Andante tranquillo
  13. Songs Without Words Book Six, Op. 67: No. 4 In C Major - Presto
  14. Songs Without Words Book Six, Op. 67: No. 5 In B Minor - Moderato
  15. Songs Without Words Book Six, Op. 67: No. 6 In E Major - Allegretto Non Troppo
  16. Songs Without Words Book Seven, Op. 85: No. 1 In F Major - Andante espressivo
  17. Songs Without Words Book Seven, Op. 85: No. 2 In A Minor - Allegro agitato
  18. Songs Without Words Book Seven, Op. 85: No. 3 In E Flat Major - Presto
  19. Songs Without Words Book Seven, Op. 85: No. 4 In D Major - Andante sostenuto
  20. Songs Without Words Book Seven, Op. 85: No. 5 In A Major - Allegretto
  21. Songs Without Words Book Seven, Op. 85: No. 6 In B Flat Major - Allegretto con moto
  22. Songs Without Words Book Eight, Op. 102: No. 1 In E Minor - Andante un poco agitato
  23. Songs Without Words Book Eight, Op. 102: No. 2 In D Major - Adagio
  24. Songs Without Words Book Eight, Op. 102: No. 3 In C Major - Presto
  25. Songs Without Words Book Eight, Op. 102: No. 4 In G Minor - Un poco agitato, ma andante
  26. Songs Without Words Book Eight, Op. 102: No. 5 In A Major - Allegro vivace
  27. Songs Without Words Book Eight, Op. 102: No. 6 In C Major - Andante
  28. Song Without Words, Op. 85, No. 5: Song Without Words, Op. 85, No. 5 (manuscript version)
  29. Song Without Words, Op. 102, No. 2: Song Without Words, Op. 102, No. 2 (manuscript version)


Product Details

  • 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 (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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