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Track(s) taken from CDH55064

Variations concertantes, Op 17


Richard Lester (cello), Susan Tomes (piano)
Recording details: October 1988
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Keith Warren & Keith Wicks
Release date: July 1991
Total duration: 9 minutes 21 seconds

Cover artwork: View of the Tegernsee looking towards the Quirinus Chapel (1825) by Johann Georg von Dillis (1759-1841)


'Since the performances are expert in every respect this disc deserves a wide audience' (Classic CD)

'Chamber-music playing of the highest order, empathetic and warm-hearted' (Birmingham Post)
The Variations concertantes were written in 1829, when the composer was twenty. Their theme is one of those sweet, almost annoyingly simple melodies which represent the ‘homely’ side of Mendelssohn. It is followed by eight variations which show the influence of both Mozart’s and Beethoven’s sets of variations, but whose final number bursts out of its frame in a sudden display of Romantic fervour.

from notes by Susan Tomes © 1991

Mendelssohn avait écrit les Variations concertantes en 1829, à l’âge de vingt ans. Elles ont pour thème l’une de ces mélodies charmantes, presque exaspérément simples, qui représentent le côté «familier» de Mendelssohn. Le thème est suivi par huit variations qui manifestent l’influence des variations de Mozart et de Beethoven, mais dont la dernière déborde de son cadre en une soudaine démonstration de ferveur romantique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Susan Tomes © 1991
Français: Elisabeth Rhodes

Die Variations concertantes wurden im Jahre 1829 geschrieben, als der Komponist 20 Jahre alt war. Ihr Thema ist eine jener süßen, geradezu ärgerlich schlichten Melodien, die die „gemütliche“ Seite Mendelssohns vor Augen führen. Es folgen acht Variationen, die den Einfluss von Mozarts und Beethovens Variationswerken erkennen lassen, deren Schlussnummer jedoch mit einem plötzlichen Ausbruch romantischen Feuers ihren Rahmen sprengt.

aus dem Begleittext von Susan Tomes © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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