Fanny Hensel & Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Chen Reiss


Fanny Hensel & Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy



Released 25/03/2022

Soprano Chen Reiss writes ‘Discovering the dramatic scene “Hero & Leander” by Fanny
Hensel left me amazed by the richness of colours and invention, as well as her skilful
orchestration and dramatic expression’.

Felix Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny is only now emerging as a significant composer in her
own right. Many of her compositions were published under her brother’s name, such was
the difficulty faced by female composers in the 19th century to get published and gain
recognition. This album contains a selection of her Lieder in new arrangements for
orchestra, her dramatic scene for soprano & orchestra ‘Hero und Leander’ set to a text by her father, and the Introduction and an aria from her cantata ‘Lobgesang’. Felix’s concert aria Infelice and the 1st Rome version of ‘Fingals Cave.