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Penguin Guide, January 2009

This collection gives a very different idea of Mendelssohn’s piano-writing from that in the Songs without Words. The Characteristic Pieces present fascinating evidence of the influence of Bach on the young composer, with some impressive contrapuntal writing in fugues both brilliant and thoughtful. Also some echoes of Scarlatti. The three-movement Fantasia and the Capriccio, as well, inspire Benjamin Frith to sparkling, vividly recorded.

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