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Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: The Year

Lauma Skride Audio CD
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  • Composer: Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000LMPHYQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Das Jahr - 12 Charakterstücke für das Forte-Piano
2. Januar
3. Februar
4. März
5. April
6. Mai
7. Juni
8. Juli
9. August
10. September
11. Oktober
12. November
13. Dezember
14. Epilog

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Five LYRICAL Stars! Piano virtuoso Lauma Skride, the rising Latvian classical music star, is on top of her pianistic game as she presents a fabulous rendering of the rarely recorded "The Year" (Das Jahr) by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, said to be the first musical exploraton of the months in a year. During Mendelssohn-Hensel's life in the 1800's, because of the social attitudes and culture, female accomplishments would quite often be diminished if not overlooked completely. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel was one of those who deserved much more attention and adulation. Sadly, it's said some of her work was even published under the name of her more famous younger brother, the renowned Felix Mendelssohn, just to get it in front of the unsuspecting public. Indeed, it is said Ms Mendelssohn-Hensel would depart this earth long before "Das Jahr" would be published and performed. Some say she was the musical equal of Felix. Ms Skride has chosen well in picking this fabulous programmatic mood composition and presents what may well be the definitive performance of this work.

This recording yields more heartfelt insight, beauty, complexity, and pure pianistic pleasure with each hearing. Ms Skride, the 25 year old Latvian phenom, unleashes her wonderful lyricism, power, nuances, and kinetic firepower from the somber opening "Januar" to the melancholic ending of the "Epilog". Revelations abound throughout the year, such as the upbeat zest of "Mai" to the apparent joy of the month of "Dezember" and the reflective "Epilog", Lauma takes us through Fanny's emotional musical twists and outbursts during each month giving us Mendelssohn's deep, changing feelings during her six month stay in Italy. Wonderful themes rise to the surface in this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fanny Deserves to be Heard! 5 May 2014
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Felix Mendelsohn's beloved elder sister was no slouch as a composer. This wonderful cycle, brilliantly played, shows exactly why. She has been shamefully neglected, along with many other highly accomplished female composers of the Romantic era. It is high time that ended. Hats off to Lauma Skride for bringing this piece out. It is wonderfully played and beautifully recorded. Buy it! You won't be disappointed and maybe new horizons will open up for you too...now please Lauma, record Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto and couple it with Fanny Mendelsohn's...

...a challenge for you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars LAUMA SKRIDE'S LYRICAL & POWERFUL EXPOSITION OF "THE YEAR" (DAS JAHR) 7 Feb 2008
By RBSProds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Five LYRICAL Stars! Piano virtuoso Lauma Skride, the rising Latvian classical music star, is on top of her pianistic game as she presents a fabulous rendering of the rarely recorded "The Year" (Das Jahr) by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, said to be the first musical exploraton of the months in a year. During Mendelssohn-Hensel's life in the 1800's, because of the social attitudes and culture, female accomplishments would quite often be diminished if not overlooked completely. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel was one of those who deserved much more attention and adulation. Sadly, it's said some of her work was even published under the name of her more famous younger brother, the renowned Felix Mendelssohn, just to get it in front of the unsuspecting public. Indeed, it is said Ms Mendelssohn-Hensel would depart this earth long before "Das Jahr" would be published and performed. Some say she was the musical equal of Felix. Ms Skride has chosen well in picking this fabulous programmatic mood composition and presents what may well be the definitive performance of this work.

This recording yields more heartfelt insight, beauty, complexity, and pure pianistic pleasure with each hearing. Ms Skride, the 25 year old Latvian phenom, unleashes her wonderful lyricism, power, nuances, and kinetic firepower from the somber opening "Januar" to the melancholic ending of the "Epilog". Revelations abound throughout the year, such as the upbeat zest of "Mai" to the apparent joy of the month of "Dezember" and the reflective "Epilog", Lauma takes us through Fanny's emotional musical twists and outbursts during each month giving us Mendelssohn's deep, changing feelings during her six month stay in Italy. Wonderful themes rise to the surface in this work. The lead theme changes hands at times with heavy technical demands on the other hand; almost like a change from a vocal reflection to a mental reflection and then back again. Her thematic recapitulations use embellishments and tempo changes. Each reflection clocks in at about 3 minutes with the exception of the remarkably beautiful "Marz" and the length exposition of "November". Lauma Skride is one of the award-winning Skride sisters which include Baiba the redoubtable violinist and Linda the notable violist. You may well want to track their individual and ensemble recordings and appearances in the future since they are on that rising wave of awesome young classical stars that has appeared in recent years. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel would probably have been overjoyed to hear Ms Skride's performance. Highly Recommended. Five REMARKABLE Stars!
(Audio CD, 50:05 total time, jewel box with liner notes in English and two other languages, with numerous photographs. German import from SONY.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mendelssohn-Hensel: The Year [Germany] 19 Sep 2011
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mendelssohn-Hensel: The Year [Germany] is a 2007 Sony Classical recording starring pianist Lauma Skride. Genevieve Begou has written the music notes. The booklet also contains many photographs of Ms Skride from the time of the recording. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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