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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Symphony No. 5, "Reformation" (Lortie, Quebec Symphony)

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Symphony No. 5, "Reformation" (Lortie, Quebec Symphony)

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release date: January 2012


Quebec Symphony Orchestra

Louis Lortie


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Atma Classiqe


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 64:06
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MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Symphony No. 5, "Reformation" (Lortie, Quebec Symphony)

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

1 I. Molto allegro con fuoco 6:44
2 II. Andante 5:36
3 III. Presto 5:53

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

4 I. Allegro appassionato 8:28
5 II. Adagio - Molto sostenuto 6:18
6 III. Finale: Presto scherzando 5:57

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, "Reformation"

7 I. Andante - Allegro con fuoco 10:06
8 II. Allegro vivace 4:33
9 III. Andante 3:02
10 IV. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace 7:29
 Louis Lortie Soloist

Louis Lortie performs both as pianist and conductor for the first time! In his first album in nine years, he leads the Orchestre symphonique de Québec in Mendelssohn’s two piano concertos and in the Symphony No. 5.

Mendelssohn began writing concertos at the age of 13. The concerto for piano, the concerto for violin and piano, and the two concerti for two pianos, all of which he wrote between 1822 and 1824, prepared the way for the two works for piano soloist featured on this recording.

Mendelssohn embarked on his Symphony No. 5 (the Reformation) in 1829, while he was touring Europe. The work was composed to honor the 300th anniversary (in 1830) of Martin Luther’s Confession of Augsbourg.

                       *****    Exceptional

Luca Segalla - Musica magazine - May 2012

"...Louis Lortie plays and conducts Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2. Demanding in these attacks, precise without being academic, the pianist shines with vitality and confidence. Valuable."    ****½

Christophe Rodriguez - Le Journal de Montréal - 17 October 2009

"A great success by Louis Lortie plays to perfection the two Mendelssohn Piano Concertos with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra ..."

Claude Gingras - La Presse - 26 December 2009

"... Lortie has come a long way since his fine debut recording of the complete Chopin Etudes on the Chandos label in 1989. Now recognized as one of the world’s foremost pianists, he is as confortable with conducting from the keyboard as he is with performing, as this disc clearly demonstrates...This is indeed a most convincing pairing of soloist and all concerned - félicitations on some fine music-making!

Richard Haskell - The WholeNote - 1 November 2009

Frédéric Cardin - La Scena Musicale - 1 November 2009

"Louis Lortie does double duty as soloist and conductor in this quirky coupling. Felix Mendelssohn has received even more attention than usual during his bicentennial celebrations with performances and several new recordings and reissues. Add Louis Lortie’s recent disc to the keeper pile - a superb Mendelssohn issue to round off the year.
The Canadian pianist does impressive double duty as soloist and conductor leading the Quebec orchestra. Directing the Mendelssohn concertos from the keyboard - even in the studio - is no small feat and Lortie manages to handle both assignments fluently... Lortie shows himself an admirable conductor. Rhythms are buoyantly sprung and Lortie brings delicacy to the Andante. In the finale, the "Ein feste Burg" chorale is given requisite impact yet avoids bombast in a resonant coda."

Lawrence A Johnson - Gramophone magazine - February 2010

"[This CD] flies to first place among recordings of these concertos... another of his many achievements."

Ken Winters - The Globe & Mail - 13 April 2010

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