ALBRECHT MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY (1874-1936): 25 Songs for Lena.
Catalogue Number: 06W037
Description: Grandson of the composer, Mendelssohn was also a polymath – a prestigious jurist, political scientist, and one of Germany’s observers to the Treaty of Versailles negotiations in 1919. Conscious of his heritage he also wrote songs, taking texts from Eichendorff, Goethe, Heine and the folk collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn, as had Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. These ardent love songs were inspired by his student Magdalene ‘Lena’ Schoch who, soon after her graduation, became the composer’s indispensable and trusted colleague and confidante. German-English texts. Julianne Baird (soprano), Ryan de Ryke (baritone), Eva Mengelkoch (piano).