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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

February 2019
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ErlangenSzymon Nehring, Ulrich Witteler & Bamberger Symphoniker

Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann
Bamberg Symphony; Antonello Manacorda; Szymon Nehring; Ulrich Witteler

ClevelandBeethoven's Pastoral

Beethoven, Mendelssohn
The Cleveland Orchestra; Herbert Blomstedt

BarcelonaONCA: Mendelssohn, traveler without borders

Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d'Andorra; Gérard Claret

BambergSzymon Nehring, Ulrich Witteler & Bamberger Symphoniker

Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann
Bamberg Symphony; Antonello Manacorda; Szymon Nehring; Ulrich Witteler

BerlinSymphony concert 4: Hermann Bäumer and Midori

© Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Mendelssohn, Schumann, Sibelius
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Hermann Bäumer; Midori
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A sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Concluding Gardiner's Schumann cycle, it was a memorable concert, with a memorable Spring Symphony and a musical Manfred Overture. The Beethoven first piano concerto proved an unlikely hero.
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A study in romance: David Parry and the LPO

David Parry © Marco Borrelli
Where better to start the LPO's exploration of 'British' music in its Isle of Noises festival than with Sir Edward Elgar? 
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BBC Philharmonic up close in Lancaster

Julian Bliss © Ben Wright
Andrew Gourlay conducts the BBC Philharmonic in the inaugural concert of a new relationship with Lancaster University.
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Isabelle Faust shines with Gardiner and the LSO

Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
A memorable evening: LSO horns on tremendous form with Sir John Eliot Gardiner on the podium and Isabelle Faust in stellar performance.
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Penetrating insight from Itzhak Perlman and the Vancouver Symphony

Itzhak Perlman, Otto Tausk and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra © Matthew Baird | VSO
The Vancouver Symphony performs with penetrating insight from Itzhak Perlman.
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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
6 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: 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.42Athalia, music for Racine's play, Op.74Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op.34 no.2Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Capriccio brillant, Op.22Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Christe, du Lamm GottesClarinet Sonata in E flat major: AndanteConcerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDenn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDer MondDie Liebende schreibtDie Nonne, Op.9 no.12Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorEin Sommernachtstraum, Schauspielmusik, Op.61: AuszügeElijahElijah: And then shall your light break forthElijah: He watching over IsraelFantasies, Op.16Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Herbstlied, Op.63 no.4Hexenlied, Op.8 no.8Lauda Sion, Op.73Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op.62Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder: selectionMitten wir im Leben sind, Op.23 no.3Nachtlied, 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, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27PagenliedPiano 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.66Psalm 43: Richte mich Gott, Op.73 no.2Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Scherzo from Octet in G minor (arr. for orchestra), Op.20Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Scotch SymphonySechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Six seasonal motets (Sechs sprüche) Op.79Song without words in A major "Spring song", Op.62 no.6Song 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. 1 in E flat major, Op.12: CanzonettaString 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. 1 in C majorString 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 Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenViola Sonata in C minorViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F minor, Op.4