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Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op 14
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originally written as an Étude in 1824; reworked with the addition of an Andante for Delphine von Schauroth in 1830

Recordings
'Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDA68059)
Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2
CDA68059  To be issued soon July 2014 Release  
'Mendelssohn: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn' (APR5595)
Mendelssohn: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn
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'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
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'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
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'Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings' (APR6009)
Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings
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'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 1 – Vladimir de Pachmann, Aleksander Michalowski & Landon Ronald' (APR5531)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 1 – Vladimir de Pachmann, Aleksander Michalowski & Landon Ronald
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Details
Track 1 on CDA68059 [6'36] To be issued soon July 2014 Release
Track 12 on APR5531 [3'48]
Complete: Andante – Presto
Track 4 on APR6009 CD1 [7'02] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 18 on APR6010 CD1 [6'04] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 20 on APR7502 CD4 [6'15] 5CDs Download only
Part 1: Andante
Part 2: Presto

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op 14
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The origins of the Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op 14, date to 1824, when Mendelssohn composed an Étude in E minor in his trademark elfin style, with delicate points of imitation and scurrying passagework, but also powerful martellato passages. Then, in 1830, he found a special occasion to revive the work. While visiting Munich en route to Italy and the beginning of his Grand Tour that led him as far south as Paestum, he encountered the talented pianist Delphine von Schauroth (1814–1887), whom he described as ‘slim, blond, blue-eyed, with white hands, and somewhat aristocratic’. The daughter of a noble but impoverished family, Schauroth’s intrusion into Mendelssohn’s life prompted his sisters to begin speculating about her being a potential sister-in-law, and his mother to inquire discreetly about the Schauroths. In Munich the two made a musical exchange: Schauroth penned a lyrical—and Mendelssohnian—Lied ohne Worte in E major, and Mendelssohn reciprocated by adding to his Étude a lyrical and Lied ohne Worte-like Andante, also in E major, with a brief transition to the former Étude. Covering up all traces of the recomposition, he described the process as adding ‘sauce and mushrooms’. The finished product appeared later in 1830 in England and 1831 in a German edition as the Rondo capriccioso, and became a favourite virtuoso concert piece of the nineteenth century.

from notes by R Larry Todd © 2014

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