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Indicative of the gender inequality of her time, Fanny Hensel (née Mendelssohn Bartholdy) was highly praised by her brother Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy for her compositional skill, but in a letter to their mother he made it clear that he felt the career path of published composer to be unsuitable for a wife and mother.

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Written in 1831, the year of the terrible cholera epidemic that swept through Berlin, Hensel’s masterly Lobgesang celebrated the first birthday of her son, named Felix Ludwig Sebastian. The work’s form owes much to the cantatas of Bach, whose Orchestral suite no. 3 Felix conducted on several notable occasions (including the unveiling of a monument to Bach in Leipzig). Almost two hundred years on, this concert celebrates the achievements of these talented siblings, granting them both the recognition that was already awarded to Felix in his lifetime.

Positions such as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra enabled him to captivate the public with works such as his suppliant psalm setting As the hart pants after the waterbrooks . In addition to his two popular oratorios, the fragments of a third, Earth, Hell and Heaven, remained incomplete at the end of his short but artistically rich life.


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
„Christus“ op. 97

Fanny Hensel
Lobgesang "Meine Seele ist stille"

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Denn er hat seinen Engeln

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Psalm 42 „Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser“ op. 42

Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestersuite Nr. 3 D-Dur (Bearbeitung: F. Mendelssohn & F. David)

  • Kammerakademie Potsdam
  • Christina Landshamer (Soprano), Martin Mitterrutzner (Tenor)
  • RIAS Kammerchor Berlin
  • Justin Doyle Conductor

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West side
There are a limited number of designated disabled parking spaces in the public parking areas on the west side of the Philharmonie/Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße.

East side
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