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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective|Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Sextet, Piano Quartet, Piano Trio

Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Sextet, Piano Quartet, Piano Trio

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The still relatively new and wholly flexible Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective continues its rigorous schedule with an album of rarely heard chamber works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. Collective co-founder and pianist Tom Poster is the main attraction in Felix's Piano Sextet, Op. 110, from 1824. The piano is heavily featured here, leaving many to consider this work a chamber concerto, with the strings, including a bass and doubled viola rather than violin, in an almost accompaniment role. While the Sextet is a rarity among Felix's oeuvre, what will likely draw many listeners to this album -- besides the growing reputation of the Collective and its members -- are the two works from Fanny. Her Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11, was written between 1846 and 1847 and was not published or performed until after her untimely death at age 41. The performance offered here by Poster, with Collective co-founder and violinist Elena Urioste and rising star cellist Laura van der Heijden, is precise and exciting, especially in the energetic Allegro molto vivace first movement. While the Trio displays the full maturity of style and the culmination of Fanny's compositional life, the Piano Quartet in A flat major is an early attempt at chamber music writing from Fanny that would eventually be left unfinished. Possibly written as an attempt at equaling the piano quartets her younger brother Felix was writing at that time, it is a rather unremarkable work, with flashes of ingenuity, especially in the piano part, but leaving little wonder as to why it is not more common. However, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, with violist Rosalind Ventris joining the musicians for the Trio (Ventris also appears on the Sextet), offers a quality performance worthy of a listen. Chandos delivers ideal sound from Potton Hall in Suffolk for all three ensemble combinations.
© Keith Finke /TiVo

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Sextet in D Major, Op. 110 (Felix Mendelssohn)

1
I. Allegro vivace
00:11:15

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

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2
II. Adagio
00:04:22

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

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3
III. Menuetto
00:02:16

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

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4
IV. Allegro vivace
00:09:31

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2022 Chandos Records Ltd 2022 Chandos Records Ltd

Trio in D Minor, Op. 11 (Fanny Mendelssohn)

5
I. Allegro molto vivace
00:09:52

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

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6
II. Andante espressivo
00:05:45

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

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7
III. Lied
00:01:53

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2022 Chandos Records Ltd 2022 Chandos Records Ltd

8
IV. Finale
00:05:27

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2022 Chandos Records Ltd 2022 Chandos Records Ltd

Quartet in A-Flat Major, H-U 55 (Fanny Mendelssohn)

9
I. Allegro moderato
00:08:28

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2022 Chandos Records Ltd 2022 Chandos Records Ltd

10
II. Larghetto
00:04:26

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2022 Chandos Records Ltd 2022 Chandos Records Ltd

11
III. Tempo di Minuetto
00:04:45

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Composer - Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2022 Chandos Records Ltd 2022 Chandos Records Ltd

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The still relatively new and wholly flexible Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective continues its rigorous schedule with an album of rarely heard chamber works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. Collective co-founder and pianist Tom Poster is the main attraction in Felix's Piano Sextet, Op. 110, from 1824. The piano is heavily featured here, leaving many to consider this work a chamber concerto, with the strings, including a bass and doubled viola rather than violin, in an almost accompaniment role. While the Sextet is a rarity among Felix's oeuvre, what will likely draw many listeners to this album -- besides the growing reputation of the Collective and its members -- are the two works from Fanny. Her Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11, was written between 1846 and 1847 and was not published or performed until after her untimely death at age 41. The performance offered here by Poster, with Collective co-founder and violinist Elena Urioste and rising star cellist Laura van der Heijden, is precise and exciting, especially in the energetic Allegro molto vivace first movement. While the Trio displays the full maturity of style and the culmination of Fanny's compositional life, the Piano Quartet in A flat major is an early attempt at chamber music writing from Fanny that would eventually be left unfinished. Possibly written as an attempt at equaling the piano quartets her younger brother Felix was writing at that time, it is a rather unremarkable work, with flashes of ingenuity, especially in the piano part, but leaving little wonder as to why it is not more common. However, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, with violist Rosalind Ventris joining the musicians for the Trio (Ventris also appears on the Sextet), offers a quality performance worthy of a listen. Chandos delivers ideal sound from Potton Hall in Suffolk for all three ensemble combinations.
© Keith Finke /TiVo

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