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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: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn' (APR5595)
Mendelssohn: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn
APR5595  Download only  
'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
APR7502  Download only  
'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
APR6010  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings' (APR6009)
Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings
APR6009  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDA68059)
Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2
Buy by post £10.50 CDA68059  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'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
APR5531  Download only  
Details
Track 1 on CDA68059 [6'36]
Track 12 on APR5531 [3'48] Download only
Complete: Andante – Presto
Track 4 on APR6009 CD1 [7'02] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 18 on APR6010 CD1 [6'04] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 20 on APR7502 CD4 [6'15] Download only
Part 1: Andante
Track 1 on APR5595 [2'03] Download only
Part 2: Presto
Track 2 on APR5595 [4'17] Download only

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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Details for APR5595 track 1
Andante
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-05-59501
Duration
2'03
Recording date
5 May 2002
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Bryan Crimp
Recording engineer
Jonathan Lane
Hyperion usage
  1. Mendelssohn: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn (APR5595)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 2005
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