Returning to Ozawa Hall from this excursion, the highlight of the set of Six Songs by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847), was the sweetly lyrical Spring, with its own intergalactic metaphor. Here, Joshua Marzan’s piano was both profoundly expressive, and in the short interludes, truly virtuosic. Soprano Elizabeth Fischborn’s plush voice was adorned by subtle and knowing facial expressions, in particular on the dreamy closing verse by poet, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff. You can take it, if you will, as a kind of compensating prequel to the bestial bromides in Cole Porter’s Let’s Fall in Love:
The moon and stars say it,
And in dreams the forest rustles it,
And the nightingale warbles it,
She is yours, she is yours!