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Fanny Mendelssohn: Fanny The Other Mendelssohn

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Genres: Documentary, Music
Starring: Various
Plot Sypnosis:

Take a celebrated musical genius, a rival sibling, an unknown manuscript, and one sensational revelation and what have you got? Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn – a captivating feature documentary starring global Decca artist, Isata Kanneh-Mason. The film also follows Fanny's many modern champions, including pianist Sarah Rothenberg, whose pioneering recording of Fanny's 'Das Jahr' features in the story.

Anyone who has been to a wedding has enjoyed the musical genius of Felix Mendelssohn. His Wedding March is the most-played classical composition of all time. But Felix was not the only genius in the family: his sister, Fanny was also a brilliant composer. Yet most people have never heard of her, and even now only a few of her 450 works are published or performed. Fanny as composer was equal to any of her contemporaries, male or female: technically brilliant and boldly ground-breaking. Yet she was 40 before she dared to defy Felix's disapproval, and publish her music under her own name.

Tragically, the resulting joy and recognition were short-lived. Less than a year later, Fanny died, followed shortly by Felix – his already poor health exacerbated by grief.

Over a century later, in 1971, the celebrated pianist Eric Heidsieck was contacted by a record company and asked to perform the first recording of Mendelssohn's Easter Sonata. At that point, Fanny was unknown, so it was presumed to be a lost work by Felix. But as the film's extraordinary plot unfolds, the music is proven definitively to be Fanny's piano masterpiece, written when she was only 22. Fanny's music is brought to life by the gifted virtuoso pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason, recipient of the 2021 Leonard Bernstein Award and 2021 best classical artist at the Global Awards. And as she discovers the Easter Sonata, the parallels between her life and Fanny's – including the challenge of being a pioneer with few role models in classical music - become clear.

As moving as it is joyous, this is the story of a very modern woman – who just happened to live 200 years ago.

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 2024
Tech Specs & Release Details

Specs: Blu-ray
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC