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MENDELSSOHN Songs Without Words / Lieder ohne Worte

Highlight of the Month

Javier Perianes

 

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“Perianes lavishes all the care and attention on them that such miniatures need, without ever overdoing it and destroying their beguiling directness; his range of colour is perfectly judged...It’s a lovely disc – a constant delight.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Perianes is making waves in the UK. His recent performance of Greig's Piano Concerto with the BBCSO and Oramo was recorded live and will be out in May 2015, but this programme illustrates four essential qualities of the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Music stripped of all superfluity, including the literary aspect (Songs without Words); a gift for creating magical atmospheres (Rondo capriccioso); unconditional admiration for classical order; and, finally, a genuine veneration for Bach (Prelude and Fugue op.35). The whole radiant universe of Mendelssohn is encapsulated here.

 


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