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2018 Hay Festival - Mendelssohn Plus performed by Tom Poster

Sarah Walker presents 'Mendelssohn Plus' performed by pianist Tom Poster at the 2018 Hay Festival. Includes works by Mendelssohn, Szymanowska and Clara Schumann.

Sarah Walker presents Mendelssohn Plus, with music performed by the pianist Tom Poster, recorded at St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye, during the 2018 Hay Festival. Included in the concert is a selection of Felix Mendelssohn's art songs for piano. This was a new genre at the time, and could be traced to the composer's childhood with his sister, Fanny Hensel, when they would both compose music for the piano and then add texts. Hensel also composed a Nocturne, which the pianist Tom Poster contrasts with other examples in this genre, including examples by Clara Schumann and Maria Szymanowska. The concert ends with scenes from the forest by Robert Schumann, involving a Hunter waiting in ambush, and also a visit to a Wayside Inn.

Tom Poster, piano

Mendelssohn: Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Op 19b No 1 (Andante con moto)
Mendelssohn: Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Op 30 No 6 (Venetianisches Gondellied)
Mendelssohn: Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Op 53 No 2 (Allegro non troppo)
Szymanowska: Nocturne in B flat major
Hensel: Nocturne in G minor
Clara Schumann: Nocturne in F major, Op 6 No 2
Robert Schumann: Waldszenen, Op 82

Produced by Luke Whitlock.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Andante con moto (Lieder Ohne Worte, Op.19)

    Performer: Tom Poster.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Venetianisches Gondellied (Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30)

    Performer: Tom Poster.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Allegro non troppo (Lieder Ohne Worte, Op.53)

    Performer: Tom Poster.
  • Maria Agata Szymanowska

    Nocturne in B flat major for piano

    Performer: Tom Poster.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Nocturne in G minor for piano

    Performer: Tom Poster.
  • Clara Schumann

    Nocturne (Soirees Musicales)

    Performer: Tom Poster.
  • Robert Schumann

    Waldscenen for piano, Op.82

    Performer: Tom Poster.

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