Eugene Asti’s pioneering Mendelsson Songs and Duets series, containing a large amount of first recordings and rarities, concludes with this fifth volume, a generous two CDs for the price of one. The contents range from Mendelssohn’s first extant composition of any kind – a birthday song presented to his father by the precocious ten-year-old composer – to settings of the German romantic poets Schiller, Goethe and Eichendorff,which place Mendelssohn firmly in the canon of the great Lieder composers.
These works are performed by a talented group of young singers who will be familiar from other discs in the series, including the winner of the 2008 Kathleen Ferrier prize, Katherine Broderick.
...the best of the young singers here is the mezzo Anna Grevelius...As in previous volumes, Eugene Asti plays with a refreshingly light touch and a lively sense of rhythm. Gramophone
It is perhaps invidious to single out any one or two [singers], but Grevelius and Bjarnason are magnificent, and Rutherford and Loges are not far behind. Of course, the real hero is at the piano: Asti, at the end now of a remarkable musical journey. This is indeed a labour of love, and one that we can all applaud - and share. Int. Record Review