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Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata in G minor; Largo; Prelude & Toccata et al.; Felix Mendelssohn: Frelude & Fugue / Joanne Polk, piano

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for Piano in G minor, Op. 105
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Sonata for Piano in G minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor/E major, Op. 35/1
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Prelude and Fugue for piano in E minor
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Largo for piano in E minor
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Allegro di molto for piano in E minor
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Prelude and Toccata for piano in E minor

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for Piano in G minor, Op. 105
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Sonata for Piano in G minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor/E major, Op. 35/1
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Prelude and Fugue for piano in E minor
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Largo for piano in E minor
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Allegro di molto for piano in E minor
>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Prelude and Toccata for piano in E minor
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Mendelssohns were a family who had risen to financial and social importance in Germany in the early years of the 19th century. Fanny was the first born child (1805) and Felix the second (1809). Both children showed remarkable musical talent at an early age. Fanny and Felix developed an extremely close personal relationship, as well as a musical one, with six of Fanny's lieder having been published under Felix's name as his Op. 8 and 9. Brother and sister also worked closely on programming concerts in Berlin before Fanny married in 1830. This symbiosis of musical minds did not go unnoticed by Felix himself, who, in 1837, commented on the similarity between one of Fanny's preludes in B major and a fugue of his in the same key. "So here it is not only the same figuration, motion and design which astonishes me, but especially certain details . . . in the mood [of these works] . . ." Such comments motivate further comparisons of the kind that this recording makes possible. Because brother and sister often worked in the same genres, pianist Joanne Polk's fascinating recording offers the opportunity to listen side-by-side to equivalent works by each of them: two sonatas in G minor, as well as their Preludes and Fugues.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Continuing her yeoman service to women in music, Polk now gives us a sonata and a Prelude and Fugue contrasting both Mendelssohn children. In addition there are three short pieces by Fanny. If you haven't already added her fine Amy Beach series to your collection, here is an opportunity to make amends by discovering the music of Felix's talented older sister. This is Polk's second visit to the music of Fanny, though the 2010 recording seems not to have been reviewed by ARG. On the front of this cover we have nice portraits of Felix and Fanny. On the back there is a smiling photograph of the pianist, and from what is heard here she has ample justification for smiling. This is playing both distinguished and enjoyable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State Univers (01/05/2011-01/06/2011); Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase Co (01/05/2011-01/06/2011).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for Piano in G minor, Op. 105
  • Performer: Joanne Polk (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (01/05/2011-01/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/18/1821

>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Sonata for Piano in G minor
  • Performer: Joanne Polk (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (01/05/2011-01/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor/E major, Op. 35/1
  • Performer: Joanne Polk (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (01/05/2011-01/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Prelude and Fugue for piano in E minor
  • Performer: Joanne Polk (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (01/05/2011-01/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Largo for piano in E minor
  • Performer: Joanne Polk (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (01/05/2011-01/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Allegro di molto for piano in E minor
  • Performer: Joanne Polk (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (01/05/2011-01/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn-Hensel, Fanny : Prelude and Toccata for piano in E minor
  • Performer: Joanne Polk (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (01/05/2011-01/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic