In addition to his prodigious youthful genius as a composer, Mendelssohn was an exceptionally able pianist. Demonstrating an astonishing level of maturity beyond the composer’s teenage years, this group of rare works is notable for a sequence of piano fugues with an impressive command of counterpoint and chorale harmonization, two sonatas which reveal the dual influences of the Baroque and more contemporary models such as Weber and Hummel, as well as a dashing ‘Prestissimo in F minor’ and a brilliant ‘Vivace in C minor.’ These early piano works are exceptionally rarely recorded. This release will come at the 200th anniversary of the pieces.
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Sonata in C Minor: I. Largo-Allegro in C Minor, MWV U13
Sonata in C Minor: II. Adagio in D Major, MWV U15
Sonata in C Minor: III. Presto in C Minor, MWV U17
Piano Sonata in A Minor, MWV U8 I. Allegro molto
Piano Sonata in A Minor, MWV U8 II. Tempo di minuetto