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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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LiverpoolJourney through Italy

Beethoven, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Rossini
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Manze; Lawrence Power

ViennaMendelssohn, Respighi

Mendelssohn, Respighi
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Enrique Mazzola

DüsseldorfGstaad Festival Orchestra, Khatia & Gvantsa Buniatishvili

Rossini, Mozart, Mendelssohn
Gstaad Festival Orchestra; Neeme Järvi; Khatia Buniatishvili; Gvantsa Buniatishvili

PershoreA Scandinavian Serenade with Orchestra of the Swan

Mendelssohn, Grieg, Dvořák
Orchestra of the Swan; David Curtis

New York CityLARK Quartet Now & Then: A Celebration of 30 Years

Debussy, Waggoner, Harbison, Mendelssohn
Lark Quartet; Unknown; Anna Kruger
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Semi-conductor creates electric atmosphere

Joshua Bell brings star quality to the visit of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with a stunning performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto the stand-out item on their first Sydney programme.
****1
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Daniel Hope and the Basel Chamber Orchestra

Hope can spin high-lying musical phrases with a sweetness and suspension that few of his contemporaries can match.
****1
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Mendelssohn in Tokyo: Luisi, Znaider and NHKSO

Nikolaj Znaider and Fabio Luisi, along with NHKSO Tokyo, re-stated the obvious truth of art music that “it is all about the details.”
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Isabelle Faust and Freiburger Barockorchester

An outstanding concert, with impressive performers that love to play together and had lots of time to rehearse
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Houston Symphony takes it slow

On a program with unusually slow tempos in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter gave a cursory performance of Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto.
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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
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, 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.21Abschiedlied der Zugvögel, Op.63 no.2Allegro Brillant, Op.92As pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op.34 no.2Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Clarinet Sonata in E flat majorConcerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDie erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorEin Sommernachtstraum, Schauspielmusik, Op.61: AuszügeElijah, Op.70Elijah, Op.70: Lift Thine EyesFantasia in E on "The last rose of summer", Op.15Fantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Frühlingslied, based on text by Lichtenstein, Op.19 no.1Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Gruss: Leise zieht durch mein Gemüth, Op.19a no.5Hear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Ich wollt meine Lieb’ ergöße, Op.63 no.1Infelice, Op.94Largo and Allegro in D minor, for piano and stringsLe SongeLieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoNeue Liebe: In dem Mondenschein im Walde, Op.19a no.4Organ sonata no. 3 in A major "Con Moto Maestoso", Op.65Organ sonata no.1 in F minor, Op.65Organ 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 Quartet no. 2 in F minor, Op.2Piano Quartet no. 3 in B minor, Op.3Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and fugue in B flat major, Op.35 no.6Prelude and fugue in B minor, Op.35 no.3Prelude and fugue in D major, Op.35 no.2Prelude and fugue in E minor, Op.35 no.1Psalm 22: Mein Gott warum hast du mich verlassen, Op.78 no.3Psalm 2: Warum toben die Heiden, Op.78 no.1Psalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Six seasonal motets (Sechs sprüche) Op.79Song without words in B flat major, Op.67 no.3Song without words in B flat minor, Op.30 no.2Song 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.30 no.1Song without words in E flat major, Op.53 no.2Song without words in E major, Op.30 no.3Song without words in E major, Op.67 no.6String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 12: CanzonettaString Quartet in E flat major, Op.44 no.3String Quartet in E minor Op.44 no.2String 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 Quintet in A major, Op.18String Quintet no. 2 in B flat major, Op.87String Symphony no. 9 in C major "Swiss"String symphony no. 10 in B minorSymphony 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 DreamThe Fair Melusina, overture in F major, Op.32Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F majorWinterlied: Mein Sohn, wo willst du hin so spät, Op.19a no.3