Das Jahr by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel

February 24, 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Label: Arabesque Recordings
  • Copyright: 2006 Arabesque Recordings
  • Total Length: 1:00:47
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  • ASIN: B000QQPO0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,180 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Melvyn M. Sobel on February 5, 2003
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Memorable for its grace, spirit, and moody inspiration, "Das Jahr" (The Year), composed by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-47), older sister of famous and felicitous Felix, and played quite lovingly by pianist Sarah Rothenberg adds an undeniably attractive, and beautifully recorded work to the rather paltry catalogue of her available compositions.

Unlike Tchaikovsky's popular January-to-December cycle, deceptively titled "The Seasons," Fanny's "Das Jahr" draws primarily and emotionally on her six-month sojourn in Rome (December, 1839-May, 1840), rather the highest point in her life, and the inner turmoil she felt, at age 35, returning home to the realities of her thwarted musical career in Berlin.

Composed in the latter half of 1841, "Das Jahr" is a series of thirteen pieces that forms, ultimately, a psychological diary of monthly "observations," ruminations and introspections, and short-lived jubilations and enthusiasms, all touched by a quite palpable, heartfelt regret that weaves its way, ominously, throughout. Even the closing Postlude of "Das Jahr," reveals a resignation that Fanny, inevitably, cannot disguise. It touches us. What must it have been like living in the shadow of younger brother, Felix, and as a woman aspiring to compose, publish--- and be acknowledged for all four? Add to this the fact that "Das Jahr" first saw ink in 1989, nearly one and a half centuries after Fanny's sudden death in 1847, and I think we see perfectly.

The Notturno (1838) and Abschied (1840), both gorgeously lyrical pieces, underscore our understanding of Fanny as a woman of unrecognized talent and invention--- who, herself, knew this was the case.

[Running time: 60:48]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Kern on January 21, 2010
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This disc is a fine representation of Mendelssohn-Hensel's music. One can see how much farther she would have gone as a composer if she had lived longer and written in a time that accepted women as creative musical artists. Her influence on her brother, Felix Mendelssohn, may never be completely be known, but her ideas and his merge beautifully in this extended work for piano. I recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Battenfield on February 13, 2009
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Fanny is not the most well-known composer of the Romantic period. This is partially because women were still rather oppressed in the music field at that time. Yet much of Fanny's music is extraordinary in its emotion and skillfully and sensitively performed by Sarah Rothenberg - an artist that I was not familiar with prior to this purchase.

If you are a fan of Romantic Period piano music, then this is the CD for you!
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Fanny apparently in the oppressive shadow of her younger brother....got a reprieve....in Italy. Where she was adored for her talent -- a splendid pinnacle in her short life. This music captures that.

I very much enjoy the depth and range of this music -- a cohesive work that is not jarring or manic but yet captures the excitement and loss of life as one might experience in a very special year or the course of one's life.
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I love Fanny's work. The cd's were in perfect shape and priced right. She wrote very beautiful music. As you listen to the pieces you will be able to see, in your mind's eye, each of the months they were named after.
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