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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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AmsterdamPiano Trio Alba

© Marija Kanizaj
Haydn, Mendelssohn, Smetana
Trio Alba

ManchesterGala Piano Faculty Recital 2

Gala Piano Faculty Recital 2
Debussy, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt
Gemma Beeson; Leslie Howard; Murray McLachlan; Callum McLachlan

WarsawSymphonic Concert

Górecki, Mendelssohn
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Jan Lisiecki

La Chaise-DieuVents en quintette

Mendelssohn, Ligeti, Beethoven
Quintette Moraguès

KrakowMichał Białko

Buxtehude, Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Reger
Michał Białko, Organ
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Two sides of Joshua Bell with the ASMF

Joshua Bell © Richard Ashcroft
In this afternoon Prom, Joshua Bell disappointed as a conductor. As a soloist, however, he came up with the goods.
***11
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Guardian Angel: Rachel Podger and VOCES8

Rachel Podger © Theresa Pewal
Angels abound as Rachel Podger joins with VOCES8 for a collaborative exploration built around music from her Guardian Angel album.
****1
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Prom 8: Youthful beginnings and untimely ends

Thomas Søndergård © Martin Bubandt
To works by Mendelssohn and Schumann, Søndergård added music by two impressive female composers who died far too young and whose works are far less known than they should be, Lili Boulanger and Morfydd Owen. 
****1
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An evening of high drama in Amsterdam

Emmanuel Pahud © Josef Fischnaller
Spanning a compositional date range of approximately 50 years, Francois-Xavier Roth and his well-drilled Gurzenich delivered a highly enjoyable evening of music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven.
****1
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Belcea Quartet competes with urban Zurich

Belcea Quartet © Marco Borggreve
An accomplished performance by the renowned Belcea Quartet marked the first of the summer’s “Serenade” concerts, an open-air series held in the park of the historic Villa Schönberg. 
***11
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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
3 Lieder, Op.776 Preludes and Fugues, Op.35A 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: BergamascaA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: IntermezzoA 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 in B flat majorAndante in D major for organAs pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello 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.113Concert piece no. 2 in D minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra , Op.114Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDa Israel aus Ägypten zog "Psalm 114", Op.51Denn 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.28Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Eden, Op.79 no.1Fugue 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) for pianoLieder: selectionNeue Liebe: In dem Mondenschein im Walde, Op.19a no.4Organ sonata no. 3 in A major "Con Moto Maestoso", Op.65Organ 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 Sonata no.1 in E major, Op.6Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and fugue in E minor, Op.35 no.1Psalm 115: Non Nobis, Domine Op.31Psalm 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.2Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op.14Rondo brillante in E flat major, Op.29Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Scheidend Op.9 no. 6Scherzo from Octet in G minor (arr. for orchestra), Op.20Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Scotch SymphonySix Lieder for two voices and piano, Op.63Song without words in A minor "Venetian Boat Song no. 3", Op.62 no.5Song without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in E major, Op.30 no.3Song without words in E minor "Trauermarsch", Op.62 no.3Song without words in F sharp minor "Venetian boat song", Op.30 no.6Song without words in G minor "Venetian boat song", Op.19b no.6Songs 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. 4 in A 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 majorSymphony 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.32Three Psalms, Op.78Variations Concertantes in D major, Op.17Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Vespergesang Op.121Viola Sonata in C minorViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F majorViolin Sonata in F minor, Op.4Violin Sonata in F minor, Op.4 (Arranged for flute by E. Pahud)Von Himmel hoch, choral cantataZwei Klavierstucke: Andante cantabile in B flat major, and Presto agitato in G minor