Notes & Reviews:
Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix's older sister, has been long and unjustly overlooked as a serious composer, despite a considerable and impressive output comprising numerous piano pieces, duets, trios, choral works, chamber music, an overture, an oratorio, several major cantatas - and innumerable songs. She was writing music at a time when it was considered unsuitable for a woman from the upper middle classes to have ambitions as a professional musician. Despite her gifts and desire for recognition, throughout most of her life Fanny respected the prevailing conventions and the wishes of her family, accepting the prescribed role of a cultivated German woman of the time. This mid-priced reissue, featuring soprano Susan Gritton and pianist Eugene Asti, is devoted to 29 of her beautiful songs, most recorded here for the first time. The poets include Goethe, Heine, Eichendorff, Rückert, Lenau and Geibel, most of whom were known to Fanny personally.
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Stanford: Violin Sonatas Nos.1 -2; Caoine 'A Lament'; Five Characteristic Pieces / Paul Barritt, violin; Catherine Edwards, piano
Turina: El castillo de Almodovar; Rincones de Sanlucar; Tocata y fuga; Partita; Preludios; Pieza romantica / Jordi Masó, piano
Romantic Violin Concerto Vol. 14: Glazunov: Concerto Op. 82; Meditation, Op. 32; Schoek: Concerto Op. 21 / Chloe Hanslip, violin
Lera Auerbach: Celloquy; 24 Preludes for cello & piano (1999); Sonata for cello & piano; Postlude / Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Lera Auerbach, piano
Thomas Tallis: Missa Salve Intemerata; Antiphons / Winchester Cathedral Choir
Chausson: String Quartet Op. 35; d'Indy: String Quartet no 1 / Chilingirian Quartet
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto no 1; Conus: Violin Concerto in E minor; Vieuxtemps: Fantasia appassionata / Soo-Hyun Park, violin
John Ireland: My Song is Love Unknown, sacred music / Lincoln Cathedral Choir
John McCabe (b. 1939): Visions - Music for Chorus / BBC Singers, Iain Farrington, organ