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Lars Vogt|Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos

Lars Vogt, Orchestre de chambre de Paris

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For pianists to conduct concertos from the keyboard is not uncommon, but for a conductor to be hired on that basis is more unusual. Thus a certain interest attends this recording by Lars Vogt, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, where he has become permanent conductor. The early indications are very, very good. Vogt sculpts distinctive readings of Mendelssohn's two piano concertos. These works have never been considered to be at the pinnacle of the 19th century concerto repertory, but in Vogt's hands, they make a strong bid for a climb to that point. The Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, is especially good. Vogt takes it at a quick clip with very high energy in the outer movements, seemingly urging the orchestra along and then racing ahead. He even sacrifices some of the usual calm in the first movement's second subject, leaving real repose to the slow movement. The two slow movements show him fully capable of lyricism; he says he considers them piano-and-orchestra "Songs Without Words" and delivers tuneful readings accordingly. The Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40, is not quite as striking as the First. This dramatic work fits a bit less well with Vogt's approach, but it's certainly an exciting performance. The final Capriccio brillant, Op. 22, not so often played, also works very well as Vogt sharply differentiates its sections and keeps the whole structure moving. With the Ondine label providing fine sound from the Philharmonie de Paris, this is an unusually good Mendelssohn release.
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, MWV O 7 (Felix Mendelssohn)

1
I. Molto allegro con fuoco
00:07:10

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ondine (P) 2021 Ondine

2
II. Andante
00:05:33

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ondine (P) 2021 Ondine

3
III. Presto
00:06:15

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ondine (P) 2021 Ondine

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40, MWV O 11 (Felix Mendelssohn)

4
I. Allegro appassionata
00:09:15

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ondine (P) 2021 Ondine

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40 MWV O 11 (Felix Mendelssohn)

5
II. Adagio
00:05:32

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ondine (P) 2021 Ondine

6
III. Finale. Presto scherzando
00:06:38

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ondine (P) 2021 Ondine

Capriccio brillant in B Minor, Op. 22, MWV O 8 (Felix Mendelssohn)

7
Capriccio brillant in B Minor, Op. 22, MWV O 8
00:10:49

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ondine (P) 2021 Ondine

Album review

For pianists to conduct concertos from the keyboard is not uncommon, but for a conductor to be hired on that basis is more unusual. Thus a certain interest attends this recording by Lars Vogt, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, where he has become permanent conductor. The early indications are very, very good. Vogt sculpts distinctive readings of Mendelssohn's two piano concertos. These works have never been considered to be at the pinnacle of the 19th century concerto repertory, but in Vogt's hands, they make a strong bid for a climb to that point. The Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, is especially good. Vogt takes it at a quick clip with very high energy in the outer movements, seemingly urging the orchestra along and then racing ahead. He even sacrifices some of the usual calm in the first movement's second subject, leaving real repose to the slow movement. The two slow movements show him fully capable of lyricism; he says he considers them piano-and-orchestra "Songs Without Words" and delivers tuneful readings accordingly. The Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40, is not quite as striking as the First. This dramatic work fits a bit less well with Vogt's approach, but it's certainly an exciting performance. The final Capriccio brillant, Op. 22, not so often played, also works very well as Vogt sharply differentiates its sections and keeps the whole structure moving. With the Ondine label providing fine sound from the Philharmonie de Paris, this is an unusually good Mendelssohn release.
© TiVo

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