Mendelssohn complete

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Kristian Bezuidenhout
Great Cellists
Wed 24 Jan 20:15
Large Hall
Wed 24 Jan

The romantic cello repertoire as it would have sounded in the 19th Century


Felix Mendelssohn Sonata No. 1, Op. 45
Felix Mendelssohn Variations for cello and piano, Op. 17 'Variations concertantes'
Felix Mendelssohn Lied ohne Worte Op. 109 
Felix Mendelssohn 2 transcriptions for cello and piano of Lieder ohne Worte
Felix Mendelssohn Sonata No. 2, Op. 58

If there’s one composer who knew how to compose for cello and piano, it’s Felix Mendelssohn. Jean-Guihen Queyras, the audience favourite at the Cello Biënnale as well as the Muziekgebouw, masterfully crafts a light tone that fits Mendelssohn’s romanticism. Piano magician Kristian Bezuidenhout plays an Erard piano, the same type of instrument that Mendelssohn himself owned from 1832 onwards.
The 19th Century is the century of romantic cello repertoire, and Felix Mendelssohn’s music is central to that genre. Mendelssohn’s brother Paul played the cello, like many in the well-to-so bourgeosie. There is no instrument that can get closer than the cello to a human singing voice and, more than his predecessors, Mendelssohn aims his music at human sentiment. His Lied ohne Worte, Op. 19 is a prime example of that.

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