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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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New York CityA Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
George Balanchine; New York City Ballet; New York City Ballet Orchestra

BergenTrio Isimsiz

Grieg, Mendelssohn, Beethoven
Trio Isimsiz

AtlantaKirill Gerstein Performs Mozart

Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider; Kirill Gerstein

PittsburghTchaikovsky's Pathetique

Lentz, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; David Robertson; Jan Lisiecki

DresdenDresdner Kammerchor: »In der Natur«

Krenek, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Dvořák
Hans-Christoph Rademann; Dresden Chamber Choir
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Cleveland Orchestra Chorus shines in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst returned to his home orchestra in a program of works by Křenek and Mendelssohn, as starkly contrasting as they are infrequently heard.
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A match made in Mendelssohn

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
Herbert Blomstedt and Lise de la Salle proved an ideal pair in the rarely heard Piano Concerto no. 2 in D minor with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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Västerås Sinfonietta unleashes nature and embraces joy at Kings Place

Västerås Sinfonietta © Jonas Bilberg
An uplifting performance by the Swedish orchestra takes us on a journey from the Isle of Staffa to Bohemian forests via the Carpathian Mountains in the venue's Nature Unwrapped season. 
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Uroš Lajovic brings out the best of the Belgrade Phil

Robert Lakatos and Uroš Lajovic with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra © Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Lakatos proved to be an ideal soloist in Korngold's Violin Concerto and Uroš Lajovic conducted a poised, atmospheric Italian Symphony in Belgrade.
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Viotti and Bronfman collaborate for exquisite performance in Montreal

Yefim Bronfman © Dario Acosta
Yefim Bronfman's performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 highlighted Maestro Lorenzo Viotti's guest-conducting appearance with Montreal's Orchestre Symphonique.
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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
3 Motets, Op.696 Lieder, Op.19a6 Lieder, Op.86A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61: suiteA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: ScherzoA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Abschiedlied der Zugvögel, Op.63 no.2Allegro Brillant, Op.92An die Entfernte, Op.71 no.3As pants the hart (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Auf der Wanderschaft, Op.71 no.5Capriccio in E minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.3Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDas Ährenfeld (Fallersleben), Op.77 no.2Denn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDie Liebende schreibt, Op.86 no.3Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorElijah, Op.70: Blessed are those who fear himElijah, Op.70: Lift Thine EyesFerne, Op.9 no.9Frage, Op.9 no.1Frühlingsglaube, Op.9 no.8Frühlingslied, based on text by Lenau, Op.47 no.3Frühlingslied, set on text by Karl Klingemann, Op.71 no.2Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Gestandnis, Op.9 no.2Hebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Herbstlied, Op.63 no.4Ich wollt meine Lieb' ergöße, Op.63 no.1Im Herbst, Op.9 no.5Infelice, Op.94Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt Op. 69 no. 2Kyrie Eleison, Op. posth.Lied aus "Ruy Blas" Op.77 no. 3Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoNachtlied, Op.71 no.6Organ sonata no. 3 in A major "Con Moto Maestoso", Op.65Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Quartet no. 3 in B minor, Op.3Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op.37 no.1Psalm 2: Warum toben die Heiden, Op.78 no.1Psalm 43: Richte mich Gott, Op.73 no.2Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op.14Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Scheidend Op.9 no. 6Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Sechs Lieder, Op. 71Songs Without Words: selectionSonntagsmorgen Op.77 no. 1String 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. 4 in E minor, Op.44 no. 2String Quartet no. 5 in E flat major, Op.44 no. 3String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, Op.80String Quintet no. 2 in B flat major, Op.87String Symphony no. 4 in C minorString Symphony no. 5 in B flat majorString symphony no. 7 in D 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.32Three Psalms, Op.78Tröstung, Op.71 no.1Türkisches Schenkenlied, Op.50 no.1Variations Concertantes in D major, Op.17Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F majorViolin Sonata in F minor, Op.4Wartend, Op.9 no.3