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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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BergenMendelssohn's Violin Concerto

Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Robin Ticciati; Alina Ibragimova

New York CityBelcea Quartet

© Marco Borggreve
Mozart, Phibbs, Mendelssohn
Belcea Quartet; Corina Belcea-Fisher; Axel Schacher; Krzysztof Chorzelski

BonnKammerkonzert I

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Messiaen
Ib Hausmann; Lea Hausmann; Samuel Shepherd; Mengjie Han

LondonIndependent Opera Scholars' Recital 2018

© Benjamin Ealovega
Mozart, Schubert, Schumann C., Schumann, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Rossini, Britten, Nystroem, Rangström, Ešenvalds, Arensky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky
Claire Lees; Michael Mofidian; Ida Ränzlöv; Svetlina Stoyanova

MalvernRoyal Northern College of Music Ensemble

Shostakovich, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Traditional & Contemporary Scottish Music
Musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music
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BBC Philharmonic delivers powerhouse performances

Carolin Widmann © Lennard Rahle
Manchester's BBC Philharmonic packs a punch in an evening of orchestral greats.
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Staples of the Romantic repertoire from Freddy Kempf and the NCO

Freddy Kempf © IMG Artists
Manchester's highly polished Northern Chamber Orchestra is joined by Freddy Kempf to deliver a highly enjoyable performance, full of vim and vigour.
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Affectionate Bruckner 4 from Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Phil

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Yannick Nézet-Séguin's final tour as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic brought out the tender side of Bruckner and Liszt. 
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Haitink brings out the best in the COE

Bernard Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe © Priska Ketterer
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe under conductor Bernard Haitink dazzled the Lucerne Festival audience with a programme of works by Mendelssohn and Schubert. 
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Perfect music for a summer evening

James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Excellent performances by James Gaffigan and The Cleveland Orchestra of music by Barber, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius made for an enjoyable summer evening at the Blossom Music Festival. Stephen Hough was an outstanding piano soloist.
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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 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.21Abschiedlied der Zugvögel, Op.63 no.2Allegro 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 58Christus (unfinished), Op.97Clarinet 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 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.81Frage, Op.9 no.1Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Eden, Op.79 no.1Frühlingslied, based on text by Lenau, Op.47 no.3Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hark! the herald angels singHear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Herbstlied, Op.63 no.4Hexenlied, Op.8 no.8Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder: selectionMorgengruss, Op.47 no.2Neue 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 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.31Rondo 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 C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in D major, Op.109Songs Without Words: selectionSt Paul, Op.36St Paul, Op.36: OvertureString Octet in E flat major, Op.20String 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. 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.32Three Psalms, Op.78Variations Concertantes in D major, Op.17Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Venetianisches Gondellied, Op.57 no.5Viola 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 cantataWanderleid, Op.57no.6Winterlied: Mein Sohn, wo willst du hin so spät, Op.19a no.3