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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

February 2017
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BadajozDukas, Gabrieli, Bach, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Castro, Webb

Dukas, Gabrieli, Bach, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Castro, Webb, Caldarella, Sanz, Bernstein
Orquesta de Extremadura; Thomas Clamor; Grupo de metales OEX/OJEX

PoznańMendelssohn’s Symphonies

Paganini, Mendelssohn
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra; Łukasz Borowicz; Kristóf Baráti

High WycombeClassical Favourites

Beethoven, Grieg, Mozart, Mendelssohn
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Nicholas Cleobury; Katherine Lacy

HiroshimaHiroshima Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn, Liszt, Schumann
Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra; Clemens Schuldt; Kemal Gekic

Orlando500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Bach, Mendelssohn
Bach Festival Orchestra; John V Sinclair
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Pallid Berlioz from the OAE

A disappointing pairing of Berlioz and Mendelssohn from a conductorless Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. 
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From Leipzig to Finland in Manchester

A satisfying programme of familiar and unfamiliar works by the BBC Philarhomic under its Principal Guest Conductor. 
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Scottish Ensemble explores the political, spiritual and emotional

Alina Ibragimova with the Scottish Ensemble perform exuberant early teenage Mendelssohn, deeply spiritual Pärt and Vasks, politically lethal Hartmann and utterly thrilling Bach.
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A winning evening with the Chicago Symphony

The chemistry between Muti and the CSO continues to sizzle in a Rossini overture, a Mendelssohn symphony, and a Beethoven piano concerto with Yefim Bronfman.
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Meaty Brahms from Karl-Heinz Steffens and the Philharmonia

Continuing the 'German Romantic' series, Steffens and the Philharmonia gave an indulgent performance, culminating in a thrilling account of Brahms' Third.
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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: ScherzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: Wedding MarchA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Allegro Brillant, Op.92Altdeutsches Frühlingslied, Op.86 no.6As pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Capriccio 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.70Fantasia in E on "The last rose of summer", Op.15Fantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hör mein BittenInfelice, Op.94Largo and Allegro in D minor, for piano and stringsNachtlied, 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.95Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Song 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.44 no.3String 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. 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 "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 FriedenViola Sonata in C minorViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F major