On February 1, 2019, the new album by pianist Jan Lisiecki featuring works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy is released on Deutsche Grammophon
For his latest Deutsche Grammophon album Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, in which he is accompanied by the internationally acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York. He complements the two concertos with a selection of some of Mendelssohn’s most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso and the “Venetian Boat Song” from the Songs without Words.
He chose to record the concertos with one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. This elite group of players from New York are unusual in that they rehearse and perform without a conductor. “Everybody was involved in the musical process, which was quite an amazing thing to see”, explains Lisiecki. “All the musicians listened to and discussed the takes, whereas it is usually only the conductor and myself. It was a very different experience.”
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
Variations sérieuses, Op. 54
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40
Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14
from Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19, No. 6 in G minor (Andante sostenuto) “Venetian Gondola Song”