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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

May 2018
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LondonMendelssohn's Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano

Mendelssohn's Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano
Eugenia Russell; Klimis Voskidis

BergenSir András Schiff

Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach
Sir András Schiff, Piano

HannoverDie Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

© Robbie Lawrence
Schubert, Mendelssohn
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Florian Donderer; Igor Levit

IsdalstøPiazzolla with Sonoko Miriam Welde & Kremerata Baltica

Čiurlionis, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla
Kremerata Baltica; Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde

CórdobaOrquesta de Córdoba

Orquesta de Córdoba
Grieg, Mendelssohn
Orquesta de Córdoba; Lorenzo Ramos
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La dolce vita and Sommerfrische with the Philharmonia

Daniele Gatti © Marco Borggreve
Italian sunshine and Austrian spring days evoked in a programmes containing two symphonies at the Royal Festival Hall. 
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New York Philharmonic start out routinely and end exceptionally

Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
Semyon Bychkov lead the New York Philharmonic in an outstanding rendition of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.
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A powerful commemoration at Prague Spring

Tomáš Brauner © Zdenek Chrapek
History was never more relevant than in this musical observance of a modern political milestone.
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Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia explore Bach and beyond

Hugh Brunt © Trent McMinn
A patchy performance by The Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia in a concert following the influence of J.S. Bach on later choral composers.
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Gustavo Gimeno makes an uneven debut in Edinburgh

Gustavo Gimeno © Marco Borggreve
Renaud Capuçon's Mendelssohn and a strong Schumann 2 make up for a rocky start in Edinburgh.
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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.61: IntermezzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: NocturneA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: ScherzoA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Abendlied, Op.8 no. 9Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Book 1: Songs without words Op.19Cello 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.51Das Ährenfeld (Fallersleben), Op.77 no.2Die Liebende schreibtDie erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorElijah, Op.70Erntelied, Op.8 no. 4Fantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Gruss, Op.63 no.3Hebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hexenlied, Op.8 no.8Ich wollt meine Lieb' ergöße, Op.63 no.1Im Grünen, Op.8 no. 11Laudate pueri Dominum, Op.39 no.2, MWV B30Le SongeLied aus "Ruy Blas" Op.77 no. 3Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder on poems by Heinrich HeineMaienlied, Op.8 no. 7Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein, Op.63 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 Quartet no. 3 in B minor, Op.3Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Psalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op.14Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Scheidend Op.9 no. 6Schilflied, Op.71 no.4Scotch SymphonySong without wordsSong without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Songs Without Words: selectionSonntagsmorgen Op.77 no. 1St Paul, Op.36String 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. 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. 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.32Three Psalms, Op.78Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Volkslied, Op.63 no.5