Clara Faisst: Morija, Op. 9 (1905)

Updated: Jul 12, 2020

Clara Faisst (1872-1948)

mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo

organist Sam Nelson

originally released June 18th, 2020

German composer Clara Faisst shows off her rich, late-romantic style as she passionately paints the scene in Morija, titled for the mountain Abraham climbs to sacrifice his son Isaac. You can hear their slow dark journey, Isaac’s sweet naïveté, Abraham’s Godly resolve, and their triumphant resolution.

Faisst received extensive and prestigious early musical training in Karlsruhe and Berlin, eventually becoming student and friend of composer Max Bruch. Upon graduating, she toured widely in Europe as a pianist, featuring her own compositions.