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Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: The Year

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: The Year

19 Jan 2007
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  • Original Release Date: 19 Jan. 2007
  • Release Date: 17 Mar. 2007
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Copyright: (P) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (GERMANY) GmbH
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  • Total Length: 49:58
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  • ASIN: B001GUBFM0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,721 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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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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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Curious: 8 photos of beautiful Lauma Skride on this CD and booklet, not one portrait of Fanny Mendelssohn. The music-industry (in this case, Sony) has it the wrong way round, how about doing service to the composer first? Her playing happily does so, why not be honest about that?
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