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Roberto Prosseda - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1&2 makes stereophile 'Records to Die For 2019'

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Bert van der Wolf of Northstar Recording, producer of many wonderful albums for Channel Classics and other labels, now has a license to release on his website, www.spiritofturtle.com, the projects he records for Decca "in all the High Resolution versions that I have available." I hope his model will lead to the release of more hi-rez multichannel recordings from major labels.

Equally important, these are excellent classic performances of the piano concertos and the Rondo Brilliant by a Mendelssohn specialist, and van der Wolf has captured the richness of Roberto Prosseda's Fazioli F278 piano in perfect balance with orchestra and hall. While others may play these works as if every movement is a scherzo, Prosseda and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend conjure from Mendelssohn the spirit of early Beethoven, and that added rigor is very refreshing. Only the Hebrides Overture seems less than ideal given this treatment, but it, too, is quite nice.

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