FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847): Piano Concerto in E Minor (realized and compl. Martin Yates [b.1958]), Overture Heimkehr aus der Fremde, Op. 89, FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849): Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11 (orch. Mily Balakirev [1837-1910).
Catalogue Number: 09Q007
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7312
Description: This is a curious release for Dutton: a niche inside a niche's niche. The Mendelssohn concerto (1842) barely exists beyond an orchestral outline for the first movement and a few pages for the piano hinting at transitions from movement to movement. It's been completed twice before (by R. Larry Todd, recorded on Koch International Classics in 1996 and by Marcello Bufalini, recorded on Decca in 2009). The Bufalini is ten minutes shorter than Todd's or Yates' for what it's worth; Yates certainly produces an attractive work which really sounds like Mendelssohn. Balakirev's "orchestration", done at the beginning of the last year of his life (and possibly preventing him from finishing his own piano concerto which was later completed by Taneyev) adds a cor anglais and a larger body of strings but it is really a matter of subtle aesthetic differences between 1830s Paris and early 20th century St. Petersburg. Victor Sangiorgio (piano), Royal Northern Sinfonia; Martin Yates.