HENSEL: Lieder (includes 17 première recordings)

£12.00 + P&P

Complementing the historically important 2021 publication of the complete songs of Fanny Hensel, this album has been curated to guide the listener through the rich and varied musical life of the composer, including songs from the different compositional phases and poets Hensel chose to set.

Recorded at Mendelssohn-Haus, Leipzig where Hensel herself once lived, the 34 tracks on this recording feature many songs which have never been performed in public before, 17 of which are première recordings.

The album cover features a specially commissioned work by Glasgow-based artist Kirsty Matheson.

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Released 23 June 2023
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Released on DigiSleeve CD and all digital platforms: 23 June 2023
USA physical CD release: 7 July 2023

Fanny HENSEL (1805–1847) (Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel)
1. Wenn ich ihn nur habe *
2. Die Schönheit Nicht, Mädchen *
3. Wohl deinem Liebling *

4. Der Abendstern †
5. Die sanften Tage *
6. Der Sänger *
7. An die Entfernte

8. Auf der Wanderung *
9. Abschied * [2’10”]
10. Mond* [2’10”]
11 Sehnsucht [H-U 190] [2’10”]

12 Sehnsucht [H-U 192] *
13 Maigesang
14 Seufzer *
15 An den Mond*
16 An die Ruhe *
17 Sehnsucht [H-U 203] *
18 Sehnsucht [H-U 205] *
19. Umsonst *
20. Suleika

21. Sehnsucht [H-U 217]
22. Nacht
23. In der Ferne *

24. Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh’
25. Ach, die Augen sind es wieder
26. Das Meer Erglänzte
27. Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen

28. Der Fürst vom Berge
29. Traurige Wege
30. Dämmrung senkte sich von oben
31. Traum
32. Mutter, o sing mich zur Ruh’ *

33. Erwache Knab’, erwache *
34. Vorwurf

* Première recording  † Première commercial recording

Jennifer Parker mezzo-soprano
Stephanie Wake-Edwards mezzo-soprano
Tim Parker-Langston tenor
Jâms Coleman piano
Genevieve Ellis piano
Ewan Gilford piano

Recorded at the Mendelssohn-Haus, Leipzig, Germany
3–8 January, 2023
Produced by Tim Parker-Langston and David Jones (Sonus Audio)
24bit, 96kHz high resolution recording, editing and mastering by David Jones
Album cover artwork by Kirsty Matheson

Press Quotes

‘With seventeen never-before-recorded songs, this issue is a valuable addition to the growing discography of Fanny Hensel.’ (MusicWeb International)

‘All six performers respond to the subtleties in her songs and this makes an enjoyably satisfying listen, over and above the novelty and delight of discovering Hensel’s songs.’ (Planet Hugill)

‘It is well worth buying, not only to celebrate such enterprise, but to enjoy this truly beautiful music.’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘Parker-Langston, a singer of the Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent Garden sings most of the songs. His light lyric voice is warm and fresh… . All the artists respond sensitively to the nuances of the songs… This is an important album that establishes a greater significance for this unfairly neglected composer.’ (American Record Guide)

(ꭅꭅꭅꭅ, Diapason Magazine)

Sheet music for all of Fanny Hensel’s 239 songs is freely available at Hensel Songs Online, compiled and edited by Tim Parker-Langston: henselsongsonline.org