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Mendelssohn: Concertos For Two Pianos MWV O 5 and 6

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Roberto Prosseda
Alessandra Ammara
Residentie Orkest Den Haag
Jan Willem de Vriend

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The husband and wife pianist team Alessandra Ammara and Roberto Prosseda already recorded Mendelssohn's chamber music for two pianos back in 2015. Now comes the follow up album, with recordings of the two big concertos for two pianos. These works are rarely performed – and yet this album demonstrates that they deserve to be heard more often. Mendelssohn wrote passionate, dramatic and virtuoso parts for both pianos. Ammara and Prosseda's playing really sounds as if cast from a single mould, their tones merging wonderfully. The piano timbre is captivating: silvery and smooth, yet powerful. In Jan Willem de Vriend, the two soloists are joined by an excellent conductor, who digs deep into Mendelssohn's musical language without ever overdoing the romantic tone. Under his watch, the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague sound slender and energetic, moving to the fore at the right moments, while also holding back when called for to allow the colors of the piano parts to shine. (

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