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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Martin Helmchen (piano); Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
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  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  3. Rondo brillant, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29
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Mendelssohn did not set out to write his first piano concerto until the age of 23, relatively late considering the composer's short lifetime. He had reservations about his ability to produce a concerto that was more than just pyrotechnic bravura. Indeed, the first concerto is filled with Mendelssohn's trademark mercurial filigree and brisk, busy passages, but he also achieves a wonderful sense of stillness and serenity in the central Andante that contrasts beautifully with the outer movements. The Second Concerto came about ...

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 2010, PentaTone Classics

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