Felix And Fanny Mendelssohn (1809-1847 And 1805-1847)

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, two sibling prodigies whose lives took very different paths, but whose music had much in common.

The programme focuses on their early years, with the two both growing up in each other's pockets - with the same teachers and the same musical influences.

While Fanny was often described as the better pianist of the two, that would change when the 12-year-old Felix was invited to go and play for Goethe, while Fanny was left behind.

It marked the first major step in her exclusion from the musical limelight into which Felix was about to step.

Fanny Mendelssohn: Suleika und Hatem

  • bis cd-688, tr 3
  • domus
  • duration: 2m23s

    mendelssohn: string symphony no 3 in e minor

  • duration: 7m50s

    mendelssohn: piano quartet in b minor, op 3 (1st mvt)

  • duration: 8m48s

    mendelssohn: pilgerspruch, op 8 no 5

  • duration: 9m11s

    mendelssohn: double piano concerto in e (3rd mvt)

  • eugene asti (piano)
  • fanny mendelssohn: das heimweh, op 8 no 2
  • hanover band
  • hyperion cda67388, tr 12
  • lev markiz (conductor)
  • mark padmore (tenor)
  • nieuw sinfonietta amsterdam
  • rca 09026 68069 2 cd1 trs 7-9
  • roland pontinen, love derwinger (pianos)
  • roy goodman (conductor)
  • sophie daneman (soprano)
  • virgin classics vc7911832

  • 0220090505

    Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, two sibling prodigies whose lives took very different paths, but whose music had much in common.

    The programme looks at the launch of Felix's career with his famous Octet, which was composed in 1825.

    Fanny's composing and playing, on the other hand, was limited to amateur music-making in soirees held at the family home.

    Including a group of Fanny's songs published under Felix's name, a string quartet inspired by a love song, two works written for Fanny's birthday and an excerpt from the operetta Felix wrote for his parents' silver wedding anniversary.

    Fanny Mendelssohn: Ferne (Felix's Op 9 No 2); Der Rosenkranz (Felix's Op 9 No 3); Die fruhen Graber (Felix's Op 9 No 4)

    Susan Gritton (soprano)

    Eugene Asti (piano)

    Hyperion CDA67110, Trs 3-5

    Durations: 2m23s, 2m35s, 3m32s

    Mendelssohn: Frage, Op 9 No 1

    Margaret Price (soprano)

    Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion CDA 66666, Tr 2

    Duration: 1m27s

    Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 2 in A minor, Op 13 (1st mvt)

    Emerson String Quartet

    DG 477 5370 CD1

    Duration: 7m35s

    Mendelssohn: Hora Est

    Chamber Choir of Europe

    Nicol Matt (conductor)

    Brilliant Classics 99997 CD6, Tr 1

    Duration 8m46s

    Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op 19, No 5

    Luba Edlina (piano)

    Chandos 89489 Tr 5

    Duration: 3m58s

    Mendelssohn: Heimkehr aus de Fremde (excerpt)

    Lisbeth....Helen Donath (soprano)

    Mother....Hanna Schwarz (mezzo-soprano)

    Hermann....Peter Schreier (tenor)

    Kauz.

    0220090506

    Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, two sibling prodigies whose lives took very different paths, but whose music had much in common.

    He concentrates on Felix's growing popularity as he receives his first commissions following his grand tour, contrasting it with his sister's adaptation to married life.

    She starts her own salon in the Mendelssohn family home, where she can play and conduct her own works.

    Including one of those commissioned works which became known as the Italian Symphony, a cantata premiered at Fanny's musical evenings, plus the last major work she would write for many years to come.

    Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op 19 No 6

    Luba Edlina (piano)

    Chandos CHAN 89489, CD1 Tr 6

    Duration: 2m18s

    Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Op 30 No 2

    Chandos CHAN 89489, Tr 8

    Duration: 2m13s

    Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat

    Erato Quartett Basel

    CPO 999 679-2 Trs 1-4

    Duration: 19m47s

    Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony (1st mvt)

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Walter Weller (conductor)

    Chandos CHAN 10224(3) X, CD3 Tr 1

    Duration: 10m38s

    Mendelssohn: Die Erste Walpurgisnacht (excerpt)

    Eberhard Buchner (tenor)

    Siegfried Lorenz (baritone)

    Siegfried Vogel (bass)

    Rundfunkchor Leipzig

    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

    Kurt Masur (conductor)

    Berlin Classics BC 2057-2, Trs 8-11

    Duration: 11m56s.

    Donald Macleod contrasts Felix's growing popularity with Fanny's adaptation to marriage.

    0420090507

    Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, two sibling prodigies whose lives took very different paths, but whose music had much in common.

    He examines how Felix had become a hugely popular figure in England and Germany and, with the publication of his oratorio St Paul, how his fame spread across the world.

    Six months into his job as Leipzig Gewandhaus director, he then met his future wife.

    Meanwhile, Fanny continued to occupy herself with her popular musical soirees, and when the opportunity arose for her to spend a year in Italy, she finally received the recognition for her musical talents she had always craved.

    Featuring two of Fanny's most important compositions inspired by her trip, two works by Felix written following his marriage and a group of songs written expressly to sing out of doors.

    Mendelssohn: St Paul (excerpt from Part 1)

    Gundula Janowitz (soprano)

    Hans Peter Blochwitz (tenor)

    Paul....Theo Adam (bass)

    Rundfunkchor

    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

    Kurt Masur (conductor)

    Philips 420 801-2, CD1 Trs 19-20

    Duration: 5m52s

    Mendelssohn: Sechs Gesange, Op 34, Nos 2,3, 4

    Margaret Price (soprano)

    Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion CDA66666, Trs 8-10

    Duration: 8m41s

    Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 2

    Stephen Hough (piano)

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    Lawrence Foster (conductor)

    Hyperion CDA66969

    Duration: 21m2s

    Fanny Mendelssohn: Das Jahr (excerpt)

    Lauma Skride (piano)

    Sony BMG 88697030162, Tr 12

    Duration: 4m28s

    Mendelssohn: Sechs Lieder in Freien zu singen, Op 48 Nos 2, 3, 4

    Netherlands Chamber Choir

    Uwe Gronostay (conductor)

    Globe GLO5075, Trs 23-25

    Duration: 4m15s.

    Focusing on Felix's appointment as Leipzig Gewandhaus director and Fanny's belated success

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    Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, two sibling prodigies whose lives took very different paths, but whose music had much in common.

    He examines the final years of Felix's life, when he struggled to divide his time between professional engagements across Europe and his rapidly expanding family and composing.

    By 1846, when Fanny finally summoned the courage, without Felix's support, to go ahead and publish her music, she only had a year to live, and Felix couldn't cope with the devastating loss.

    Within a matter of months he, too, was dead.

    Featuring one of Felix's most important sacred works: the string quartet written in the months after Fanny's death and one of his sister's most significant chamber works, written shortly before she died.

    Mendelssohn: Sechs Spruche, Op 79 Nos 1, 4, 5, 6

  • bamberg symphony orchestra
  • brilliant classics 99997, cd4 trs 10-12
  • chamber choir of europe
  • chandos chan 8948/9, cd2 tr 12
  • christine barratt (soprano)
  • claus peter flor (conductor)
  • corydon singers
  • daniel sans (tenor)
  • dartington piano trio
  • dg 477 5370, cd3 tr 9
  • duration: 10m52s

    mendelssohn: lauda sion (nos 4, 5, 6)

  • duration: 2m38s.

    Donald Macleod explores the final years of the mendelssohns' lives

  • duration: 5m23s

    mendelssohn: songs without words, op 67 no 6

  • duration: 6m49s

    mendelssohn: athalia overture

  • duration: 8m27s

    fanny mendelssohn: piano trio (1st mvt)

  • duration: 8m9s

    mendelssohn: string quartet no 6 in f minor, op 80 (4th mvt)

  • eibe mohlmann (contralto)
  • emerson string quartet
  • helios cdh55268, trs 7, 10-12
  • hyperion cda66331, tr 5
  • isabell muller-cant (soprano)
  • joya logan (contralto)
  • kenneth roles (bass)
  • luba edlina (piano)
  • matthew best (conductor)
  • nicol matt (conductor)
  • philip niederberger (bass)
  • rca rd 87905, tr 5
  • wurtembergische philharmonie reutlingen