The composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel still hovers in the shadows behind her brother Felix Mendelssohn. Her music is increasingly emphasized today. Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble sets in Fanny & Felix these musical souls side by side, and explores how musically creative siblings have related to each other artistically.
Fanny was just like her brother, a brilliant composer and musician. The era and their father did, however, not allow Fanny to spread her music in the public. During her short life, she composed about 460 works, of which only a fraction was published. Some were published in her brother's name to be spread.
Fanny had to keep her music in closed salons. You can notice that in the fact that she largely composed for the chamber music format. Felix however could embroider with his entire tonal interior in symphonies, operas and solo concerts, although he of course wrote a lot of brilliant chamber music. The siblings had a very close relationship. They had continous discussions about the music and creation.
Can you hear their siblingship in their music? Is there a Mendelssohn gene that emerges in their compositions? You can judge for yourself in Fanny&Felix.
Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble performs Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet and Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Sextet in D major and more.