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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66567
Recording details: September 1991
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: May 1992
Total duration: 30 minutes 18 seconds

'Coombs and Munro prove ideal advocates, playing with delectable point and imagination' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'The sheer joy of playing this music bubbles over in every measure' (American Record Guide)

'Fine talent is on display here … this programme makes ideal listening as well as offering welcome insight into Mendelssohn's great genius' (CDReview)

'Sensitive and enchanting' (Piano, Germany)

Concerto for two pianos in E major
composer
17 October 1823; Alfred A Kalmus Ltd

Allegro  [8'14]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The opening tutti of the E major Concerto uncovers a vein of dream-like contentment which was to become Mendelssohn’s expressive trademark. Virtually every subsequent composition contains passages of this nature contrasted, as here, by fleet-footed music of quicksilver brilliance. Even the use of Mozartian falling chromaticisms fails to cloud the blissfully trouble-free outlook.

The central 6/8 Adagio anticipates Mendelssohn’s favourite arioso Lieder ohne Worte style, whilst the high velocity finale demonstrates the composer’s precocious ability to assimilate Hummelian semiquaver athletics, and organize them into a convincing (if not yet fully developed) structure, transcending the aimless note-spinning of many of his older contemporaries.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1992

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