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Variations concertantes, Op 17


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


Mendelssohn: Complete music for cello and piano
CDH55064Archive Service


Track-specific metadata for CDH55064 track 4

Recording date
11 October 1988
Recording venue
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Keith Warren & Keith Wicks
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  1. Mendelssohn: Complete music for cello and piano (CDA66478)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: July 1991
    Deletion date: October 2000
    Superseded by CDH55064
  2. Mendelssohn: Complete music for cello and piano (CDH55064)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2000
    Deletion date: March 2021
    Archive Service
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