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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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JūrmalaBaltic Musical Seasons. Joshua Bell with Symphony Orchestra

Bruch, Mendelssohn, Dvořák
Joshua Bell, Violin

KrakowOn the beginning of the music career

Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Ravel, Shostakovich, Skoryk
Alina Shevchenko; Olena Mayboroda; Bohdana Senyura

LondonProm 47

Bach, Schumann, Frances-Hoad, Dove, Saleeb, Mendelssohn, Wesley
William Whitehead; Robert Quinney

KrakowBeethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart
Sinfonietta Cracovia; Arman Tigranyan; Veriko Tchumburidze

LondonProm 48

Schütz, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Stainer, Gubaidulina, MacMillan
City of London Sinfonia; Sofi Jeannin; Thomas Elwin; Oliver Johnston; David Shipley; BBC Singers
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Turnage's Hibiki receives European première

As a composer, what do you do when you are commissioned a full-length orchestral work to commemorate the anniversary of a renowned concert hall? Do you try to write something celebratory? Not in Mark-Anthony Turnage's case. 
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Mendelssohn multiplied at Wigmore Hall

Violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis came together with three other players to showcase the composer’s chamber music. 
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Haitink shows classical restraint in Mozart and Schumann

Conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and accompanying Isabelle Faust in Mozart's G major concerto, Bernard Haitink stresses classical proportions in two symphonies by Mozart and Schumann.
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Bel canto Schumann unzipped by Enrique Mazzola and the Philharmonia

In the absence of an indisposed Christoph von Dohnányi, Enrique Mazzola impressed in a perfectly formed programme with the Philharmonia. 
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Ashton programme at The Royal Ballet

This Ashton programme at the Royal Ballet displays all the hallmarks of the Ashton style; lightness, musicality and a beautiful quality of stillness.
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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 Motets: Weihnachten, Op.79 no.1A 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: 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.21Andante in F majorAs pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Book 1: Songs without words Op.19Capriccio in E minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.3Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Che vuoi mio cor?...Io lo so che il bel sembiante, Rezitativ und Arie für Mezzosopran und StreichorchesterClarinet Sonata in E flat majorConcert piece no. 2 in D minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra , Op.114Da Israel aus Ägypten zog "Psalm 114", Op.51Denn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDie Deutsche Liturgie, B57Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorElijah, Op.70Elijah, Op.70: Lift Thine EyesFantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Eden, Op.79 no.1Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hark! the herald angels singHear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hör mein BittenInfelice, Op.94Le SongeLieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoOrgan sonata no. 3 in A major "Con Moto Maestoso", Op.65Organ sonata no.1 in F minor, Op.65Overture in C major for wind instruments, Op.24Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano 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.66Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op.37 no.1Prelude and fugue in B minor, Op.35 no.3Prelude and fugue in D major, Op.35 no.2Psalm 100: Jauchzet dem Herrn alle WeltPsalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Psalm 95 "Come, let us sing", Op.46Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op.14Selected songsSong without words in B flat major, Op.67 no.3Song without words in B minor, Op.67 no.5Song without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in E flat major, Op.53 no.2Song without words in E major, Op.67 no.6St Paul, Op.36: How Lovely are the MessengersString Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet in E flat major, Op.44 no.3String Quartet in E minor Op.44 no.2String 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 Sinfonia no. 10 in B minorString Symphony no. 1 in C majorString Symphony no. 3 in E minorString Symphony no. 4 in C minorString Symphony no. 5 in B flat majorString Symphony no. 9 in C major "Swiss"String symphonies, nos. 1-12String symphony no. 10 in B minorString symphony no. 8 in D majorSymphonie Nr. 4 in A-Dur, "Italienische", Op.90: Allegro vivaceSymphony 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 Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Veni DomineVerleih uns FriedenVespergesang Op.121Violin Concerto in D minorViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F majorVon Himmel hoch, choral cantata