Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 & Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra in A minor. Pianists Rudolf Serkin and Rena Kyriakou perform piano concertos by Mendelssohn.
Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (op. 25) was written in 18301, around the same time as his fourth symphony ("Italian"), and premiered in Munich in October 1831. He had already written a piano concerto in A minor with string accompaniment (1822) and two concertos with two pianos (18234). The three connected movements Molto allegro con fuoco in G minor, Andante in E major, PrestoMolto allegro e vivace in G major use several relatively new formal techniques in their brief span for example, the piano enters very soon after the opening of the first movement, with little of an orchestral tutti to contrast with. The concerto quickly obtained popularity, and contains many sections of improvisation, one of Mendelssohn's specialities.
"...[T]he strength of his musicianship lies more in the deep insight that [Rudolf Serkin] brought to the music of the composers he holds dearest -- traditional Austrian and German masters... [O]ne of the most influential American teachers of the post-World War II era." - Blair Johnston, allmusic.com
Rena Kyriakou extensively recorded the piano music of Felix Mendelssohn. Her sound, both in recordings and in concert, was characterized by a wide palette of tone color.
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Rudolf Serkin, piano (1-3)
Rena Kyriakou, piano (4-6)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
1. Molto allegro con fuoco
3. Presto Molto allegro e vivace
Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra in A minor
6. Allegro ma non troppo