CD-Präsentation: Ana-Marija Markovina

Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Complete Works for Piano Solo

The editorial value of this complete recording of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's piano works is inestimable: on a total of twelve CDs, Ana-Marija Markovina has recorded everything that was available, beginning with works from her childhood and youth and ending with revised versions of a whole series of pieces. (Michael Wersin, Rondo - Das Klassik & -Jazz Magazin, 29.01.2022)

 My recording of the complete works is based on the system of compilation applied by Dr. Ralf Wehner of the Saxon Academy of Sciences an Humanities in Leipzig. (MWV, catalogue of Mendelssohn's works)

The category MWV U lists the piano works in chronological order of their composition, opening up completely new perspectives on the way Mendelssohn worked. It is clear, for example, that Mendelssohn first wrote his fugues, then composed the preludes to them quite a bit later, in order to publish them quite a bit later, in order to publish them as pairs of Preludes and Fugues

The MWV system reveals and explains many new aspects of Mendelssohn's genius: it shows that he was borne along in a constant flow of inspiration and composition and would be working almost simutaneously at several different works, then revising them in places before publication. He spoke himself of his "revisionitis" By the sheer quantity of music he produced, 1820 and 1821 rank as anni mirabili in Felix's accelerated development. In particular, the first two bound autograph volumes of the "Berlin Nachlass" chronicle his remarkable ability to work simutaneously on unrelated compositions. Freely intermingled are biano, organ and chamber works, solo Lieder and parts-songs, sacred choral works, small dramatic scenes, and, of course, fugues. The distribution of composition is revealing. " (Larry Todd)

"A composer's oeuvre can only be fully understood in the context of his lieftime achievement. Concerts and events provide mere snapshots. I have always been more interested in the process than the highlights of an artist's creative life. When I engage with a composer, I need to know everything about him. Mendelssohn was a cosmos that opened before me. There were worlds waiting to be discovered. 


Sources: © hänssler CLASSIC

Instrument: Bösendorfer 280VC / Bösendorfer 290 "Imperial"