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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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HamburgLondon Philharmonic Orchestra / Chen / Eschenbach

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mendelssohn, Haydn
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Christoph Eschenbach; Ray Chen

LondonMendelssohn, Boulanger & Schumann

London Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn, Boulanger, Schumann
London Symphony Orchestra; Kevin John Edusei

CologneRay Chen & Christoph Eschenbach

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mendelssohn, Beethoven
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Christoph Eschenbach; Ray Chen

LondonSibelius, Mendelssohn & Saariaho

London Symphony Orchestra
Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Saariaho
London Symphony Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki; Christian Tetzlaff

BambergOrgan Concert with Percussions and Trumpet

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Cochereau, Liszt, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Escaich
Karol Mossakowski; Holger Brust; Jens Herz; Markus Mester
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Elisabeth Brauß brings sensitive insights at Wigmore Hall

Elisabeth Brauß © Wigmore Hall
As part of Wigmore Hall's autumn series, German pianist Elisabeth Brauß performed works of three centuries with maturity, elegance, and finesse.
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The Royal Ballet Back on Stage in a marathon evening

The Royal Ballet in Elite Syncopations © ROH | Tristram Kenton
An event that will be long-remembered for the importance of the occasion, if not for its content. 
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Spirited Mendelssohn without frills from the English Chamber Orchestra

© English Chamber Orchestra
Warm Borodin and energetic Mendelssohn from the ECO players in an online experience which lacked occasion.
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Verklärte Nacht stars in ACO’s concert return

Richard Tognetti and the ACO © Daniel Boud
Concert life returns to Sydney with a programme of Mendelssohn and Schoenberg by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
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“Amid tears and sorrow”: Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood

Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax © Tanglewood Festival
The two friends dedicate their recital to “the people we've lost”.
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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
6 Motets: Weihnachten, Op.79 no.1A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61: suiteA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Allegro Brillant, Op.92Capriccio in E minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.3Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Christus (unfinished), Op.97Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Laudate pueri Dominum, Op.39 no.2, MWV B30Overture in C major for wind instruments, Op.24Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Psalm 2: Warum toben die Heiden, Op.78 no.1Psalm 43: Richte mich Gott, Op.73 no.2Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Sechs Lieder, Op. 71Song without words in F sharp minor "Venetian boat song", Op.30 no.6Songs Without Words: selectionSt Paul, Op.36String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op.13String Quartet no. 3 in D major, Op.44 no. 1String Quartet no. 5 in E flat major, Op.44 no. 3String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, Op.80String Symphony no. 10 in B minorSymphony 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 "Italian", Op.90Symphony no. 5 in D, "Reformation", Op.107The Fair Melusina, overture in F major, Op.32Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich in E flat major, MWV A11Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F majorVon Himmel hoch, choral cantata