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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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SnapeChiaroscuro Quartet & Tiberghien

Schumann, Mendelssohn
Cédric Tiberghien; Chiaroscuro Quartet

LondonPinchas Zukerman Festival: Orchestral Concert 1

Pinchas Zukerman Festival: Orchestral Concert 1
Mendelssohn, Mozart
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Pinchas Zukerman; Viviane Hagner

MadridOrquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid

Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Mendelssohn: Elijah
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; Jordi Casas i Bayer; Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid; Pequeños Cantores de la Comunidad de Madrid; Ana González; Maria Espada

LondonPinchas Zukerman Festival: Chamber Concert 2

Pinchas Zukerman Festival: Chamber Concert 2
Mendelssohn, Mozart
Pinchas Zukerman; Fumiaki Miura; Amanda Forsyth; Angela Cheng

LondonPinchas Zukerman Festival: Orchestral Concert 2

Pinchas Zukerman Festival: Orchestral Concert 2
Mozart, Mendelssohn
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Pinchas Zukerman; Fumiaki Miura; Abigail Fenna
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Intimacy and brilliant showmanship from Yuja Wang at the Barbican

Yuja Wang © Ian Douglas
A truly remarkable display from a musical giant as Yuja Wang wows the Barbican. 
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La dolce vita and Sommerfrische with the Philharmonia

Daniele Gatti © Marco Borggreve
Italian sunshine and Austrian spring days evoked in a programmes containing two symphonies at the Royal Festival Hall. 
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New York Philharmonic start out routinely and end exceptionally

Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
Semyon Bychkov lead the New York Philharmonic in an outstanding rendition of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.
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A powerful commemoration at Prague Spring

Tomáš Brauner © Zdenek Chrapek
History was never more relevant than in this musical observance of a modern political milestone.
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Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia explore Bach and beyond

Hugh Brunt © Trent McMinn
A patchy performance by The Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia in a concert following the influence of J.S. Bach on later choral composers.
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Biography

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.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.21Abendlied, Op.8 no. 9Allegro in B flat majorAndante in D major for organAs pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Book 1: Songs without words Op.19Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Concert piece no. 1 in F minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra, Op.113Concert piece no. 2 in D minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra , Op.114Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDa Israel aus Ägypten zog "Psalm 114", Op.51Denn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDie Liebende schreibtDie erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorEin Sommernachtstraum, Schauspielmusik, Op.61: AuszügeElijahErntelied, Op.8 no. 4Fantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Hark! the herald angels singHear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hexenlied, Op.8 no.8Im Grünen, Op.8 no. 11Laudate pueri Dominum, Op.39 no.2, MWV B30Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoMaienlied, Op.8 no. 7Organ sonata no.4 in B flat major, Op.65Organ sonata no.6 in D minor, Op.65Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27PagenliedPiano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Quartet no. 3 in B minor, Op.3Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110Piano Sonata no.1 in E major, Op.6Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and fugue in E minor, Op.35 no.1Psalm 115: Non Nobis, Domine Op.31Psalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op.14Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Scotch SymphonySong without wordsSong without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in E major, Op.30 no.3Songs Without Words: selectionSt Paul, Op.36String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet in E minor Op.44 no.2String Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, Op.12String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op.13String Quartet no. 3 in D major, Op.44 no.1String Quartet no. 4 in A minor, Op.44 no.2String 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. 1 in C majorString Symphony no. 10 in B minorString Symphony no. 11 in F major, "Schweizerlied"String Symphony no. 13 in C minor "Sinfoniesatz"String Symphony no. 2 in D majorString Symphony no. 3 in E minorString symphony no. 12 in G minorString symphony no. 7 in D minorString symphony no. 8 in D majorSymphony no. 1 in C minor, Op.11Symphony 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 Fair Melusina, overture in F major, Op.32Three Psalms, Op.78Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Von Himmel hoch, choral cantata