Martin Jones

Mendelssohn: Complete Piano Music

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Anyone looking for Mendelssohn's complete piano music -- a repertoire not often performed and less often recorded -- need look no further than this six disc set. It includes everything with an opus number and many things without one: the three Sonatas, the three Variations, the seven Preludes and Fugues, the ten Caprices, and, naturally, the 48 Songs without Words among many, many other works. The performances are consistently first-rate. With his refined technique, polished tone and elegant interpretations, Martin Jones is an impressive Mendelssohn pianist who ideally balances mind and heart in these performances. His Variations Sérieuses is stern but compassionate; his Sonata in G minor is austere but expressive; and his Songs without Words are always singing but also always supremely well-wrought. The only real flaw is the sound. Recorded by Nimbus in the middle to late Seventies, Jones sounds like he's playing behind the heavy curtains while the microphones are placed in the back of a small, empty hall. Still, for first-rate performances of Mendelssohn's complete piano music, this is the set to get, despite the dreary sound.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Preludes & Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 35
1 Martin Jones 02:06 Amazon
2 Martin Jones 06:32 Amazon
3 Martin Jones 02:53 Amazon
4 Martin Jones 03:15 Amazon
5 Martin Jones 01:53 Amazon
6 Martin Jones 02:57 Amazon
7 Martin Jones 02:49 Amazon
8 Martin Jones 03:59 Amazon
9 Martin Jones 05:31 Amazon
10 Martin Jones 03:34 Amazon
11 Martin Jones 02:30 Amazon
12 Martin Jones 03:05 Amazon
Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor
13 Martin Jones 02:03 Amazon
14 Martin Jones 04:04 Amazon
Preludes (3) & Etudes (3) for piano, Op. 104
15 Martin Jones 02:43 Amazon
16 Martin Jones 01:28 Amazon
17 Martin Jones 01:56 Amazon
18 Martin Jones 02:02 Amazon
19 Martin Jones 03:02 Amazon
20 Martin Jones 01:29 Amazon
21 Martin Jones 01:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 1, Op. 19b
1 Martin Jones 02:42 Amazon
2 Martin Jones 01:31 Amazon
3 Martin Jones 02:04 Amazon
4 Martin Jones 02:00 Amazon
5 Martin Jones 03:00 Amazon
6 Martin Jones 02:05 Amazon
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 2, Op. 30
7 Martin Jones 03:36 Amazon
8 Martin Jones 01:52 Amazon
9 Martin Jones 02:00 Amazon
10 Martin Jones 02:35 Amazon
11 Martin Jones 01:54 Amazon
12 Martin Jones 02:22 Amazon
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 38
13 Martin Jones 02:25 Amazon
14 Martin Jones 01:55 Amazon
15 Martin Jones 01:49 Amazon
16 Martin Jones 02:41 Amazon
17 Martin Jones 02:22 Amazon
18 Martin Jones 03:00 Amazon
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 4, Op. 53
19 Martin Jones 02:43 Amazon
20 Martin Jones 01:57 Amazon
21 Martin Jones 02:01 Amazon
22 Martin Jones 02:42 Amazon
23 Martin Jones 02:29 Amazon
24 Martin Jones 02:11 Amazon
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 62
25 Martin Jones 02:04 Amazon
26 Martin Jones 01:43 Amazon
27 Martin Jones 03:24 Amazon
28 Martin Jones 01:34 Amazon
29 Martin Jones 02:23 Amazon
30 Martin Jones 02:02 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Characteristic Pieces (7) for piano, Op. 7
1 Martin Jones 03:26 Amazon
2 Martin Jones 01:52 Amazon
3 Martin Jones 03:16 Amazon
4 Martin Jones 03:06 Amazon
5 Martin Jones 05:58 Amazon
6 Martin Jones 02:53 Amazon
7 Martin Jones 03:34 Amazon
8 Martin Jones 01:32 Amazon
9 Martin Jones 03:57 Amazon
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 6, Op. 67
10 Martin Jones 01:57 Amazon
11 Martin Jones 01:37 Amazon
12 Martin Jones 02:23 Amazon
13 Martin Jones 01:45 Amazon
14 Martin Jones 01:51 Amazon
15 Martin Jones 01:58 Amazon
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 7, Op. 85
16 Martin Jones 02:19 Amazon
17 Martin Jones 00:52 Amazon
18 Martin Jones 02:09 Amazon
19 Martin Jones 01:49 Amazon
20 Martin Jones 01:52 Amazon
21 Martin Jones 01:58 Amazon
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 102
22 Martin Jones 02:23 Amazon
23 Martin Jones 02:07 Amazon
24 Martin Jones 01:19 Amazon
25 Martin Jones 01:49 Amazon
26 Martin Jones 01:08 Amazon
27 Martin Jones 02:06 Amazon
28 Martin Jones 01:53 Amazon
29 Martin Jones 01:42 Amazon
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