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Quote from: Scion7 on April 08, 2012, 10:01:45 AMMore details?
Quote from: Marc on April 08, 2012, 12:20:20 PMDuring one of Mendelssohn's visits to Britain, his companion Karl Klingemann, friend of the Mendelssohn family, wrote in a letter to Fanny Mendelssohn that Felix had played her 'Easter Sonata'. Was it composed by Fanny?Was it a gift from Felix to Fanny?Most scholars believe it was a gift. Some think this piece has gone lost, others think it is the Sonate Eccossaise AKA Fantasia in F sharp minor, op. 28.I dunno about the manuscript mystery, so, in a way, it remains a mystery even to me.
Quote from: Ten thumbs on April 09, 2012, 04:37:23 AMHere is a little of what is known.A few days after Felix's departure for England, Fanny records that she played her Easter Sonata.What Klingemann actually states in his letter is 'Felix then played some of the first movement of your Easter Sonata, Fraulein fiancee, of which I had heard only talk until now'.There is therefore no doubt that she did compose such a sonata.
Quote from: Ten thumbs on April 09, 2012, 04:37:23 AMAn Easter Sonata was recorded by Eric Heidsiech in 1972. It is a four movement work in A major of which Larry Todd gives a detailed report in his book. This is attributed to Felix but the description sounds more like Fanny and there is no other record of Felix having composed such a work. Also, I'm surprised that the Mendelssohn fraternity aren't clamouring for the release of the manuscript for publication.
Quote from: karlhenning on March 02, 2016, 11:06:49 AMWell, it's early yet 0:)
QuoteBach's St Matthew Passion is a monument in music history. Every year it is performed around the globe and especially during Passiontide. In the Netherlands where I live it is a kind of ritual to attend a performance of this work every year. It is hard to imagine that before the St Matthew Passion reached this status another work was just as popular - at least in Germany - as Bach's oratorio is today: Der Tod Jesu by Carl Heinrich Graun. Although he was first and foremost active as a composer of music for the stage it is this work that cemented his reputation. It was first performed on Good Friday in 1755, and was repeated the next year. This became a tradition, which lasted until 1884.
QuoteFor many years Reinhard Keiser was closely connected to the Oper am Gänsemarkt in Hamburg. He was the first really great German opera composer. His colleague Johann Mattheson called him "the greatest opera composer in the world" and Johann Adolf Scheibe stated that he was "perhaps the most original musical genius that Germany has ever produced". Although there is a kind of revival of his music he still hardly gets the recognition he deserves. That is partly due to the fact that a large part - probably even most - of his oeuvre has been lost. His best-known work today is his Brockes-Passion. It is a specimen of the genre of the Passion oratorio which was to dominate Passion music during the 18th century. In comparison his St Mark Passion is very different: it belongs to the genre of the oratorio Passion to which also Johann Sebastian Bach's Passions belong. It has been documented that the latter performed his colleague's Passion at several occasions. That bears witness to his high esteem of his Keiser's work which probably also influenced his own Passions.
QuoteWhoever is the composer, he has given us a work to savour which should be performed more often.
Quote from: Que on March 07, 2016, 06:08:53 PM[asin]B00OAMJM4Y[/asin]Review by Johan van Veen HEREQ
Quote from: knight66 on March 03, 2016, 01:14:11 AMYes, hi-time for my annual bath of the St M. First off will be the one to a part version by McCreesh. I first knew the piece from large scale performances and never thought I would reconcile myself to the small scale in this epic work. But I find that despite preferring soloists on other versions; this intimate and dramatic version really satisfies me.
Quote from: Jo498 on March 11, 2016, 09:23:13 AMHere is a Bach St. Matthew from the Concertgebouw 1976, if I understand correctly the first time Harnoncourt was invited to conduct that piece there (in 1975 he had already done the St. John) There is also a Missa solemnis from 2012 available there.http://www.radio4.nl/luister-concerten/concerten/5878/nikolaus-harnoncourt-dirigeert-de-matthauspassion-
Quote from: Que on March 07, 2016, 06:22:24 PM[asin]B00SZ0ONFU[/asin]Rest of the review by Johan van Veen HERE and the review by Brian HERE.Q
Quote from: Mandryka on March 11, 2016, 09:13:32 AMI've decided to celebrate Easter by listening to Gesualdo's responsoria. So far, I've been focussed on Parrott's recording, but it must be a bit old fashioned now. Anyone got any favourites?
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