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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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LondonRoyal Greenwich Brass Band presents "Christmas with the Band"

Royal Greenwich Brass Band presents "Christmas with the Band"
Bach, Tchaikovsky, Suppe, Mendelssohn, Wade, Prokofiev, Handel
Stephen Maw; Royal Greenwich Brass Band

HerfordWeihnachten in aller Welt

Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Sviridov, Anderson, Bernstein, Herbert, Gershwin, Silvestri, Coots, Williams
North West German Philharmonic; Pietro Borgonovo; Leonor Amaral

Bad SalzuflenWeihnachten in aller Welt

Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Sviridov, Anderson, Bernstein, Herbert, Gershwin, Silvestri, Coots, Williams
North West German Philharmonic; Pietro Borgonovo; Leonor Amaral

PooleCelebration of Christmas Carols

Celebration of Christmas Carols
Traditional, Mendelssohn
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Gavin Carr

New York CityNew York String Orchestra

© Steve J. Sherman/Frank Stewart
Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Beethoven
New York String Orchestra; Jaime Laredo; Jinjoo Cho; Pamela Frank; Bella Hristova; Kyoko Takezawa
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Classical in scale, romantic in outlook

Leticia Moreno © Omar Ayyashi
Gabor Takács-Nagy conducts the Manchester Camerata in Mendelssohn, Bruch and Schumann
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Chameleon colours from Batiashvili, Capuçon and Thibaudet

Gautier Capuçon © Catherine Pluchart
Ravel, Mendelssohn and youthful Shostakovich form a varied programme for this starry trio. 
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Nash Ensemble enchants in Bruch, Mendelssohn and Brahms

Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala | ArenaPAL
Opening their season’s residency in their London home with the theme of “German Romantics”, Wigmore Hall was plunged into an autumnal glow.
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BBC Philharmonic delivers powerhouse performances

Carolin Widmann © Lennard Rahle
Manchester's BBC Philharmonic packs a punch in an evening of orchestral greats.
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Staples of the Romantic repertoire from Freddy Kempf and the NCO

Freddy Kempf © IMG Artists
Manchester's highly polished Northern Chamber Orchestra is joined by Freddy Kempf to deliver a highly enjoyable performance, full of vim and vigour.
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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 Preludes and Fugues, Op.35A 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: 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.92As pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op.34 no.2Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Clarinet Sonata in E flat major: AndanteConcert piece no. 1 in F minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra, Op.113Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDenn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDie Liebende schreibtDie erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorEin Sommernachtstraum, Schauspielmusik, Op.61: AuszügeElijahFantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hark! the herald angels singHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hexenlied, Op.8 no.8Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op.62Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder: selectionNachtlied, Op.71 no.6Neue 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 in C major for wind instruments, Op.24Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27PagenliedPiano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op.14Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Scherzo from Octet in G minor (arr. for orchestra), Op.20Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Scotch SymphonySong without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in D major, Op.109St 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. 4 in E minor, Op.44 no. 2String 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. 10 in B minorString Symphony no. 11 in F major, "Schweizerlied"String Symphony no. 13 in C minor "Sinfoniesatz"String Symphony no. 2 in D majorString Symphony no. 9 in C major "Swiss"String 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 Concertantes in D major, Op.17Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Viola Sonata in C minorViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F minor, Op.4 (Arranged for flute by E. Pahud)Wanderleid, Op.57no.6