Young Felix falls in love with Delphine

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May Mendelssohn light up a grey autumn day. © Charles Thibo

Beethoven or Mendelssohn? The massive opening of this piano concerto, certain features I would typically associate with the Vienna master, could well have led me into error. But no. Felix Mendelssohn wrote this piece, the Piano Concerto in G major, Op. 25. It is one of his earlier works and yes, he had studied Beethoven well and some of his very early works actually do emulate Beethoven’s late style. And while the master’s influence must be acknowledged on the piece, the student’s later signature as writer of “Lieder” shines already through the first movement.

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