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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

March 2017
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New York CityMusic Before 1800: Diderot String Quartet

Bach, Mendelssohn
Ensemble Diderot

BromleyCourtney Lewis conducts Beethoven

Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Courtney Lewis; Savitri Grier


Palestrina, Howells, Mendelssohn, Whitacre, Skempton, Williams, Mealor, Chilcott
Dominic Peckham; The Fourth Choir

NottinghamRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko and Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Mendelssohn, Mahler
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Tamsin Waley-Cohen

CrawleyTeo Gheorghiu performs Tchaikovsky

Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Shelley; Teo Gheorghiu
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Isabelle Faust and Freiburger Barockorchester

An outstanding concert, with impressive performers that love to play together and had lots of time to rehearse
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Houston Symphony takes it slow

On a program with unusually slow tempos in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter gave a cursory performance of Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto.
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A Mendelssohn-Mahler triumph in Zurich

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra lit up Zurich’s historic Tonhalle with a stellar double-bill of Mendelssohn and Mahler.
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Epic Sibelius ends from the Vienna Tonkünstler

Yutaka Sado and the Tonkünstler excel in the epic passages of the Sibelius and the outer movements of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, less convincing in more lyrical moments. 
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Defiance and compassion from Marin Alsop and RPO

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra provided a formidable performance of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony under Marin Alsop, with Renaud Capuçon bringing warmth and joie de vivre to Mendelssohn.
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Although he was born nearly 40 years after Beethoven, Mendelssohn's music also spans the transition from classical to romantic. He had great ability to create romantic mood, though his music is rarely sentimental and always tempered by awareness of the classical tradition that preceded him. Mendelssohn's music was immensely popular in Victorian England; his Italian and Scottish symphonies, the Violin Concerto and the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream are still among the most frequently played. Lovers of chamber music rank his work highly, with his best works on a par with those of Haydn and Beethoven.

Like Mozart, Mendelssohn was a child prodigy: he played his first public concert at nine years old. His string Octet, written at age 16, is a work of extraordinary maturity. Unlike Mozart, he was born into a wealthy family, and given the best education that could be found. The most notable event of his early years was his family's conversion to Christianity (in which his name changed to Mendelssohn Bartholdy, which often appears today on recordings and concert listings). He seems to have been a charming man unspoilt by the family wealth: he worked prodigiously hard, and his scores show meticulous attention to detail.

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List of works
A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61: suiteA Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: IntermezzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: NocturneA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: ScherzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: Wedding MarchA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Abschiedlied der Zugvögel, Op.63 no.2Allegro Brillant, Op.92As pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Capriccio in E minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.3Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Clarinet Sonata in E flat majorConcert piece no. 2 in D minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra , Op.114Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDenn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDie erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorEin Sommernachtstraum, Schauspielmusik, Op.61: AuszügeElijah, Op.70Elijah, Op.70: Lift Thine EyesFantasia in E on "The last rose of summer", Op.15Fantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Ich wollt meine Lieb’ ergöße, Op.63 no.1Infelice, Op.94Largo and Allegro in D minor, for piano and stringsLe SongeOrgan sonata no. 3 in A major "Con Moto Maestoso", Op.65Organ sonata no.1 in F minor, Op.65Organ sonata no.6 in D minor, Op.65Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Quartet no. 2 in F minor, Op.2Piano Quartet no. 3 in B minor, Op.3Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and fugue in B flat major, Op.35 no.6Prelude and fugue in B minor, Op.35 no.3Prelude and fugue in D major, Op.35 no.2Prelude and fugue in E minor, Op.35 no.1Psalm 22: Mein Gott warum hast du mich verlassen, Op.78 no.3Psalm 2: Warum toben die Heiden, Op.78 no.1Psalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Song without words in B flat major, Op.67 no.3Song without words in B flat minor, Op.30 no.2Song without words in B minor, Op.67 no.5Song without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in E flat major, Op.30 no.1Song without words in E flat major, Op.53 no.2Song without words in E major, Op.30 no.3Song without words in E major, Op.67 no.6String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet in E flat major, Op.44 no.3String Quartet in E minor Op.44 no.2String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op.13String Quartet no. 3 in D major, Op.44 no.1String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, Op.80String Quintet in A major, Op.18String Quintet no. 2 in B flat major, Op.87String Symphony no. 9 in C major "Swiss"String symphony no. 10 in B minorSymphony no. 2 in B flat major, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise), Op.52Symphony no. 3 in A minor, "Scottish", Op.56Symphony no. 4 in A major "The Italian", Op.90Symphony no. 5 in D, "Reformation", Op.107The DreamVariations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F major