143. Genesis and Resurrection: Fanny Mendelssohn, Easter Sonata

Lost for 150 years and then, because it was so good, presumed to have been written by her brother, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Easter Sonata for piano is passionate, intense, lyrical and dramatic… and the story of its rediscovery is no less compelling.

Listening time c36 mins [11′ podcast, 21 or 25′ music]

The complete music is here in the original 1970s recording by Eric Heidsieck :

I think I prefer this more recent rendition by Sofya Gulyak taken from a 2013 BBC Radio 3 broadcast:

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Here, you can listen to Cacophony’s recent episodes on Clara Schumann’s piano trio or the 16 year old Felix Mendelssohn inspired by Shakespeare.

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