Felix Mendelssohn: The Complete Works for Cello & Piano (Includes Bonus CD)
Catalog Number: J138

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ARTISTS
Nancy Green, CELLIST
R. Larry Todd, PIANIST
 
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REPERTOIRE
Variations concertantes in D Major, Op. 17
Sonata No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 45
Allegro vivace
Andante
Allegro assai
Albumblatt (Assai tranquillo) in B Minor (with newly composed ending by R. Larry Todd)
Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58
Allegro assai vivace
Allegretto scherzando
Adagio
Molto Allegro e vivace
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Fantasia in G Minor
Lied ohne Worte (Romance sans paroles) in D Major, Op. 109
Original Version of Op. 17, Variation 4 (Reconstructed by R. Larry Todd)
J138A Bonus CD:
Mendelssohn/Merk: Theme and Variations in A Major (World Premiere)
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Capriccio in A-flat Major
 
JRI is pleased to announce a Bonus CD (J138A) to accompany the recent release of Mendelssohn’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Nancy Green and R. Larry Todd (J138). J138 includes the world premiere recording of the Mendelssohn/Josef Merk Variations in A major, with the missing cello part reconstructed by R. Larry Todd. A collaborative effort by Mendelssohn and Merk finished in Vienna in 1830, the Variations were composed for some of Mendelssohn’s cousins, members of the Eskeles banking family, and exemplify the brilliant style of salon music typical of the age. Only the piano part has survived for this composition, which falls into a theme, four variations, and an extended finale. All that is lacking is the original cello part, necessitating some musicological sleuthing and composition to recapture an approximation of the original variations, and to bring back to the musical world a significant work from Mendelssohn’s early career that has long remained forgotten.
Accompanying the Variations is the Capriccio in A-flat major of Fanny Mendelssohn which complements her Fantasia in G minor already released on J138. Taken together, the two CDs present for the first time the complete cello works of the Mendelssohn siblings.