Hensel / Speidel - Charakterstucke - Works For Solo Piano | RECORD STORE DAY

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Charakterstucke - Works For Solo Piano
Artist: Hensel / Speidel
Format: CD


Rel. Date: 02/16/2024
UPC: 4260052386484

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When Fanny Hensel, nee Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the wife of the Prussian court painter Wilhelm Hensel, died unexpectedly on 14 May 1847 at the age of 41 as a result of a stroke, the music writer and poet Ludwig Rellstab coined the beautiful phrase that she "also shared the sisterhood of talent with her famous brother". This assertion has only recently been recognised in it's full significance. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's eldest sister, granddaughter of the philosopher and Lessing's friend Moses Mendelssohn, niece of the scandal-ridden Dorothea Schlegel, was not only a musical prodigy, an outstanding pianist and conductor, her brother's closest confidante and advisor and a brilliant writer of letters, but also "the most important female composer of the 19th century" (Franz Krautwurst). Jahrhunderts" (Franz Krautwurst in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Supplement, article Fanny Hensel, 1979). The present CD offers mostly first recordings of some piano compositions, primarily works that were published by the composer herself, and thus helps to gain a more differentiated picture of the creative abilities of this unusual woman.