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Fanny Mendelssohn : Œuvres pour piano. Frezzotti.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 01:01:22

Recording : 02-03/09/2019
Location : Schiedam
Country : Pays-Bas
Sound : Eglise / Stereo

Label : Piano Classics
Catalog No. : PCL10238
EAN : 5029365102384
Price Code : DM019A

Publishing Year : 2022
Release Date : 11/05/2022

Genre : Classical
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847)
Das Jahr, H 385
Nocturne en sol mineur, H 337
Nocturne napolitain en si mineur
Introduction et Caprice en si mineur, H 349

Martina Frezzotti, piano

One of the most prolific female composers of the 19th century, Fanny Hensel was also a pianist of rare talent and prodigious memory who dazzled private audiences at her concert series in her Berlin home. During her lifetime, Hensel’s career was overshadowed by the career of her brother, Felix Mendelssohn. She received much the same liberal education in the arts as Felix, and demonstrated hardly less talent than him as a musician, a linguist and an artist in her early years. Hensel’s music reflects her deep reverence for Bach and Beethoven, but it also exhibits the fine craftsmanship and lyricism associated with her brother’s music, and her own experimental and inventive approach to form and content. She allowed her music to be published only in the year before her early death at the age of 41 – which foreshadowed and probably hastened her brother’s demise – though in fact several of her pieces had already appeared in print under her brother’s name. Martina Frezzoti’s choice of repertoire focuses on the period of 1838 to 1841, bookended by a pair of dreamy nocturnes. By this point in her life Hensel had been married to the painter Wilhelm Hensel for almost a decade and had produced dozens of Lieder and short piano pieces, as well as a string quartet (one of the first women to do so), concert arias, choral songs and a cantata. The album’s major work is a cycle of character pieces based on the months of the year, and ingeniously unified by leitmotifs which run through the 13 pieces (including a final chorale). The ‘Spring Song’ for May bears comparison with Felix’s much more famous example, and several other pieces in the cycle could easily pass for one of his Songs without Words. Born in 1986, Martina Frezzotti studied with both Lazar Berman and Elisso Virsaladze, and this Russian training manifests itself in both the power and the expressive sensitivity of her playing. She has retained strong performing connections in Russia and Ukraine, as well as her native Italy. This highly appealing collection marks her recorded debut.

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