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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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BostonAndrew Manze conducts Bacewicz, Mozart and Mendelssohn

Bacewicz, Mozart, Mendelssohn
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Manze; Francesco Piemontesi

RavelloThe art of variation

The art of variation
Bach C.P.E., Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms
Raffaele Maisano, Piano

TokyoNobuyuki Tsujii & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Rossini, Ravel, Mendelssohn
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Nobuyuki Tsujii

OmaghVariations on a Rococo – Strule Arts Centre, Omagh – On Your Doorstep

Tarrodi, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Mendelssohn
Ulster Orchestra; Elim Chan; Alexey Stadler

MadridUn delicioso viaje musical con la Philharmonia en Ibermúsica

© Nikolaj Lund
Mendelssohn, Mozart, Elgar
Philharmonia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Elena Bashkirova
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Pure eye-candy: a dream of a Dream in Seattle

Ezra Thomson (Bottom) and Laura Tisserand (Titania) in Balanchine's Dream © Angela Sterling
A very fine performance, notable for the musicality which imbued each dancer’s presence and the excellent acting which kept the audience glued to the story.
*****
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Fire and fizz at the Elbphilharmonie

Jonathan Bloxham © Kaupo Kikkas
Jump-in concerts can occasionally advance career prospects. Jonathan Bloxham with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen demonstrated the lightness of Mendelssohn in C minor but seriously underplayed the darkness of Schubert in B minor.
***11
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Fresh and vital performances from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn © Public domain
In a vibrant Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra program, two repertoire staples were paired with an early Mendelssohn symphony that deserves to be better-known.
****1
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Drums of war: the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

Filippo Gorini © Mat Hennek
Jan Latham-Koenig conducting the Flanders Symphony Orchestra reveals the drama and Romantic heart in Mendelssohn's Third Symphony, while Filippo Gorini chooses a classical approach to Beethoven.
****1
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Veronika Eberle gives Belfast a night to remember

Veronika Eberle © Felix Broede
Widmann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven draw a full house to the Ulster Hall. Rafael Payare leads the Ulster Orchestra confidently, but Veronika Eberle steals the show.
****1
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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
6 Gesänge Op.99A 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: ScherzoA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op.34 no.2Capriccio brillant, Op.22Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Christus (unfinished), Op.97Clarinet Sonata in E flat major: AndanteConcert 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 minorDer MondDie Liebende schreibtDie Nonne, Op.9 no.12Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorEin Sommernachtstraum, Schauspielmusik, Op.61: AuszügeElijahFantasia in E on "The last rose of summer", Op.15Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Herbstlied, Op.63 no.4Hexenlied, Op.8 no.8Infelice, Op.94Laudate pueri Dominum, Op.39 no.2, MWV B30Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op.62Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder: selectionNeue Liebe: In dem Mondenschein im Walde, Op.19a no.4Overture for Orchestra in C major, Op.101Overture, 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 Sonata no.1 in E major, Op.6Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Psalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Scotch SymphonySechs Duette Op. 63Sechs Lieder Op.88Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Song without words in A major "Spring song", Op.62 no.6Song without words in D major, Op.109Songs Without Words: selectionSt Paul, Op.36String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String 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. 5 in E flat major, Op.44 no. 3String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, Op.80String Quintet in A major, Op.18String Symphony no. 10 in B minorString Symphony no. 3 in E minorString symphony no. 12 in G minorString symphony no. 7 in D minorString symphony no. 8 in D majorSuleika, 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.54Viola Sonata in C minorViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F minor, Op.4