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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

January 2017
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Hong KongBeethoven, Brahms and Brett

Dean, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms
Brett Dean; Cecile Licad; Cho-Liang Lin; Nicholas Canellakis

MadridSatie, Mendelssohn, Ravel

Satie, Mendelssohn, Ravel
Orquesta Nacional de España; Josep Pons; Hilary Hahn

MadridOrquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid

Mendelssohn, Fauré, Haydn
Pequeños Cantores de la Comunidad de Madrid; Víctor Pablo Pérez; Camerata Infantil BBVA/ORCAM; Noelia Rodiles; Alejandro Bustamante

OsloKORK Chamber Concert - Stine Rem Aarønes with friends

Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn
Stine Rem Aarønes; Tina Margareta Nilssen; Emery Cardas

CoventryCoull Quartet: Romantic Journey

Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms
The Coull Quartet
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Urgent, driven Mendelssohn and Beethoven

Joshua Bell and the stupendous Academy of St Martin in the Fields entertained us through powerful music, not through any showmanship or bravado - a welcome change in this Trump-age.
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Virtuosity and elegance at Conway Hall

Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensemble, the Delta Piano Trio have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, their energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort.
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Good news from the New World

The first performance of the Boston Symphony’s final program for 2016 fell on St Cecilia's Day. The patron saint of music must have been pleased to see the past, the present and the future join hands in a program anchored by two warhorses of the Romantic repertory.
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Splendid execution but short on emotional depth

The choice of repertoire for Trio Dali’s second programme on their current Australian tour was excellent. The members of the Trio are almost as young as Felix Mendelssohn was when he composed his Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66, the opening number.
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“Glorious Romantics” from the HK Phil

Dignified and intellectual Wagner, Schumann and Mendelssohn with the Hong Kong Phil.
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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
A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: NocturneA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: Wedding MarchA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Allegro Brillant, Op.92Altdeutsches Frühlingslied, Op.86 no.6An die Entfernte, Op.71 no.3As pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Capriccio in E minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.3Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Clarinet Sonata in E flat majorConcert 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 minorDenn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDie erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorEin Sommernachtstraum, Op.61: OuvertüreElijah, Op.70Elijah: He watching over IsraelFantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Frühlingslied, based on text by Lenau, Op.47 no.3Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hör mein BittenInfelice, Op.94Nachtlied, Op.71 no.6Organ sonata no. 2 in C minor, Op.65Organ sonata no. 3 in A major "Con Moto Maestoso", Op.65Organ sonata no.1 in F minor, Op.65Organ sonata no.6 in D minor, 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 Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and fugue in B flat major, Op.35 no.6Prelude and fugue in B minor, Op.35 no.3Prelude and fugue in D major, Op.35 no.2Prelude and fugue in E minor, Op.35 no.1Psalm 22: Mein Gott warum hast du mich verlassen, Op.78 no.3Psalm 2: Warum toben die Heiden, Op.78 no.1Psalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Psalm 98, Sing Unto the Lord a New Song, Op.91Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Song without words in B flat minor, Op.30 no.2Song without words in E flat major, Op.30 no.1Song without words in E major, Op.30 no.3Song without words in G minor "Venetian boat song", Op.19b no.6St Paul, Op.36String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 12: CanzonettaString Quartet in E flat major, Op.44 no.3String Quartet in E minor Op.44 no.2String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op.13String Quartet no. 3 in D major, Op.44 no.1String 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. 4 in C minorString Symphony no. 5 in B flat majorString Symphony no. 6 in E flatString symphony no. 10 in B minorSymphony 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 DreamThe Fair Melusina, overture in F major, Op.32Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F major