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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

January 2018
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GatesheadNew Year New Artists

Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beamish, Haydn
Royal Northern Sinfonia; Lars Vogt; Unknown; Aaron Pilsan

SapporoSSO The 606th Subscription Concert

Rautavaara, Mozart, Mendelssohn
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra; Max Pommer; Yu Kosuge

SeattleConcert #6: Hildegard von Bingen, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn

of Bingen, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn
Arnaud Sussmann; Yura Lee; Susan Gulkis Assadi; Bion Tsang

BarcelonaThomas Ospital: Organ

Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt
Thomas Ospital, Organ

LondonMinguet Quartet

Mendelssohn, Ginastera, Schumann
Minguet Quartet; Ashok Klouda
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Swish playing from a Swiss orchestra

Heinz Holliger conducted a fine interpretation of Schubert's Ninth, but it was Stephen Hough's performance of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 that really made the evening.
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Chamber-like playing in Cleveland

One had the opportunity to see The Cleveland Orchestra function as a true chamber ensemble without conductor as a program of Vivaldi, Haydn and Mendelssohn was led by concertmaster William Preucil.
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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
"Reiselied", Op. 34, no.6A 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: Wedding MarchA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21As pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op.34 no.2Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello 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.114Da Israel aus Ägypten zog "Psalm 114", Op.51Denn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDer erste Frühlingstag: Die Primel, Op.48 no.2Der erste Frühlingstag: Frühlingsahnung, Op.48 no.1Der erste Frühlingstag: Frühlingsfeier, Op.48 no.3Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorElijah, Op.70Elijah, Op.70: Lift Thine EyesFantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Le SongeLieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder on poems by Heinrich HeineMitten wir im Leben sind, Op.23 no.3Nachtlied, Op.71 no.6Neue Liebe: In dem Mondenschein im Walde, Op.19a no.4Organ sonata no.1 in F minor, Op.65Overture in C major for wind instruments, Op.24Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op.37 no.1Prelude and fugue in D major, Op.35 no.2Psalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op.14Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Song without wordsSong without words in D Major, Op.109Songs Without Words: selectionString 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 no. 2 in B flat major, Op.87String Symphony no. 1 in C majorString Symphony no. 10 in B minorString Symphony no. 3 in E minorString Symphony no. 5 in B flat majorString Symphony no. 9 in C major "Swiss"Symphony 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 Motets for female chorus, Op.39Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenVespergesang Op.121Violin Concerto in D minorViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Wasserfahrt, Op.50 no.4