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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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StockholmThe Mendelssohns

The Mendelssohns
Mendelssohn-Hensel, Mendelssohn, Schumann
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Alina Pogostkina

Vitoria-GasteizInglés al Dente

Inglés al Dente
Lazkano, Britten, Mendelssohn
Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa; Lawrence Foster; Simone Lamsma

ManchesterThe Hallé - Brahms' First Symphony

© Jim Hinson
Wagner, Mendelssohn, Brahms
The Hallé; Nicholas Collon; Augustin Hadelich

MunichA Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
John Neumeier; Bavarian State Ballet; Michael Schmidtsdorff; Jürgen Rose; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

GothenburgRoyal Guest Performance

Mendelssohn, Schumann
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Alina Pogostkina
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Igor Levit plays Rzewski world première

Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
Two monumental works by Rzewski and Mahler performed with intensity, drama and authority by Igor Levit in a concert celebrating Frederic Rzewski's 80th birthday.
****1
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Brilliant “Images and Dreams” from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Robert Treviño © DR
Mixed performances from Poole but with an unforgettable Berlioz Symphonie fantastique that was both illuminating and electrifying.
****1
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Argerich, Capuçon and friends close the Aix Easter Festival

Martha Argerich and Renaud Capuçon © Caroline Doutre
Daniel Barenboim's absence may have confounded the all-Debussy programme but it left the Aix audience with a beautifully balanced recital.
*****
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Fantastic evening of “Scottish Fantasy” with the Hong Kong Phil

Long Yu © Askonas Holt
Scotch snap aplenty in evening of “Scottish Fantasy” with Hong Kong Philharmonic. 
****1
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Artistic prowess from Hrůša at the Musikverein

Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
An unusual programme at the Musikverein, drawing together works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and a piano concerto by Britten. 
***11
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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.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: overture, Op.21As 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 58Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDa Israel aus Ägypten zog "Psalm 114", Op.51Der erste Frühlingstag: Die Primel, Op.48 no.2Der erste Frühlingstag: Frühlingsahnung, Op.48 no.1Der erste Frühlingstag: Frühlingsfeier, Op.48 no.3Die Liebende schreibtDie 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.26Hexenlied, Op.8 no.8Laudate pueri Dominum, Op.39 no.2, MWV B30Le SongeLieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder on poems by Heinrich HeineMitten wir im Leben sind, Op.23 no.3Neue Liebe: In dem Mondenschein im Walde, Op.19a no.4Organ 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 Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude 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.95Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Song without wordsSong without words in A major "Hunting Song", Op.19b no.3Song without words in B minor, Op.67 no.5Song without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in C minor, Op.38 no.2Song without words in E flat major, Op.53 no.2Song without words in E major, Op.19b no.1Song without words in F sharp minor "Venetian boat song", Op.30 no.6Song without words in F sharp minor, Op.67 no.2Song without words in G major, Op.62 no.1Songs Without Words: selectionSt Paul, Op.36String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 12: CanzonettaString 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. 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. 9 in C major "Swiss"Suleika, Op.34 no.4Symphony 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.32Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64