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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

March 2018
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Fort LauderdaleAcademy of St Martin in the Fields

Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, Beethoven
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Joshua Bell

West Palm BeachThe Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, Meyer
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Joshua Bell

NaplesAcademy of St Martin in the Fields

Meyer, Mozart, Mendelssohn
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Joshua Bell

AdelaideClassics Unwrapped #1:Young Talent Time

Bernstein, Mozart, Grainger, Mendelssohn
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Guy Noble

LondonRachel Podger & Voces8: Guardian Angel

© Andy Staples
Gibbons, Biber, Dove, Matteis, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Tallis, MacMillan, Gjeilo, Bach, Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Park
Rachel Podger; Voces8
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Artistic prowess from Hrůša at the Musikverein

Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
An unusual programme at the Musikverein, drawing together works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and a piano concerto by Britten. 
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A musical journey spanning three centuries with The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
An enjoyable and vivid performance representing music spanning three centuries of history
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One evening, two different facets of the NY Philharmonic

Jaap van Zweden © Hans ven der Woerd
An uneven concert where Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony found the NY Phil in more reassuring form. 
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Kolesnikov proves a golden substitute in Birmingham

Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
After star pianist Gabriela Montero unfortunately withdrew due to injury, the young Russian Pavel Kolesnikov stepped forward with inspired conductor Joana Wallmitz to save the day.
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Faust brings historically-informed Mendelssohn to Cleveland

Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
Guest conductor Bernard Labadie introduced Henri-Joseph Rigel’s music to Cleveland, as well as leading Mozart’s Symphony no. 40, K550.
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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 Op.61: suiteA Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21As pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDa Israel aus Ägypten zog "Psalm 114", Op.51Denn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDer erste Frühlingstag: Die Primel, Op.48 no.2Der erste Frühlingstag: Frühlingsahnung, Op.48 no.1Der erste Frühlingstag: Frühlingsfeier, Op.48 no.3Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorElijah, Op.70Fantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Le SongeLieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder on poems by Heinrich HeineMitten wir im Leben sind, Op.23 no.3Neue 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.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 D major, Op.35 no.2Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Song without wordsSong without words in A major "Duetto", Op.38 no.6Song without words in A major "Hunting Song", Op.19b no.3Song without words in B minor, Op.30 no.4Song without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in C minor, Op.38 no.2Song without words in E flat major, Op.53 no.2Song without words in E major, Op.19b no.1Song without words in E major, Op.30 no.3Song without words in E major, Op.38 no.3Song without words in F sharp minor "Venetian boat song", Op.30 no.6Song without words in F sharp minor, Op.19b no.5Song without words in F sharp minor, Op.67 no.2Song without words in G major, Op.62 no.1Songs Without Words: selectionSt Paul, Op.36String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 12: CanzonettaString 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. 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. 9 in C major "Swiss"Suleika, 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.32Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64