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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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StockholmHarding meets Isabelle Faust

Schoenberg, Mendelssohn
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Swedish Radio Choir; Isabelle Faust

BonnBTHVN-Woche III

Joachim, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Hindemith
Tabea Zimmermann; Cédric Tiberghien

CardiffWNO Orchestra

WNO Orchestra
Mendelssohn, Bruch, Rachmaninov
Orchestra of Welsh National Opera; Carlo Rizzi; Alexander Sitkovetsky

GstaadMendelssohn, Ravel

Mendelssohn, Ravel
Jean-Yves Thibaudet; Renaud Capuçon; Gautier Capuçon

LondonSt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

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Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky; Julia Fischer
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Flute, harp and Haydn in Macclesfield

Northern Chamber Orchestra © Sara Porter Photography
Katherine Baker and Lucy Wakeford delighted in Mozart, Debussy and Fauré with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in a concert crowned by an undeservedly rare symphony by Haydn. 
***11
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Beethoven to remember from Hadland and the RTÉ NSO

Christian Ihle Hadland © Nikolaj Lund
A charming, thoughtful account of Beethoven's First Piano Concerto by Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, while the NSO under the baton of Stutzmann delivered wonderful Haydn and Mendelssohn Symphonies. 
****1
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Magnificent performance from Blomstedt and the Concertgebouw

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
Expert conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra bring impeccable Mendelssohn, Brahms and Stenhammar to Brussels.
*****
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The Mendelssohns and Dvořák with the Boston Symphony

Shiyeon Sung © Robert Torres
A rare outing for Fanny Mendelssohn's Overture in C opens the second half of the Boston season. 
****1
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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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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.42Athalia, music for Racine's play, Op.74Auf 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.4Hear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hexenlied, Op.8 no.8Lauda Sion, Op.73Lieder 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, 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.66Prelude and fugue in B minor, Op.35 no.3Psalm 43: Richte mich Gott, Op.73 no.2Rondo 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 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.32Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenViola Sonata in C minorViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F minor, Op.4Wanderleid, Op.57no.6