Felix Mendelssohn
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1809-02-03
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Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn Biography (BBC)

Felix Mendelssohn – grandson of an eminent Jewish philosopher and son of a wealthy banker who converted to Christianity – came from a happy and privileged background. The family home in Berlin was a lively intellectual centre and Felix’s education covered classics, science, languages, law and several other subjects besides music.

From the age of 11 he composed fluently and prolifically: a huge quantity of piano and chamber music, five concertos, a few little operas and a dozen symphonies for strings preceded his official Symphony No. 1 of 1824. Then came the works that demonstrated not just precocious talent but real depth, among them the Octet for strings (1825) and, a year later, the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In his early twenties, beginning in 1829 with the first of his many visits to England, he spent three years travelling around Europe, meeting almost every cultural figure of note. His sensitivity to the spirit of the places he visited can be heard in such works as the ‘Italian’ and ‘Scottish’ Symphonies and the overture The Hebrides.

From 1833 to 1835 he worked mainly in Düsseldorf, and then from 1835 until his early death he was Municipal Music Director and conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, where in 1843 he founded the influential Conservatory. He was outstanding as a pianist, organist, conductor and organiser, and tireless in promoting other composers’ music old and new – famously reviving Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 1829 and giving the posthumous first performance of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony in 1839.

Although he composed prolifically up to the end of his life in almost all forms (he never found the right opera libretto), he was rarely satisfied with his own facility, often keeping aside his major scores for a long period before presenting them to the public: the Violin Concerto (completed 1844) was six years in the making and the oratorio Elijah (completed 1846) nearly eight.

Mendelssohn was very conscious of his part in an unbroken tradition of German music deriving from Bach and the great classics of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and in each of his major works searched for means of infusing this tradition with his own modern Romantic sensibility.

If his reputation suffered from the heavier performing styles of the later 19th century, which tended to sentimentalise his music, and also from the current of anti-Semitism that led to his music being banned by the Nazis, a modern perspective can appreciate his freshness and directness of expression, as well as the perfect ear for colour and texture, that place him among the greatest composers of any age.

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Felix Mendelssohn Biography (Wikipedia)

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. He was brought up without religion until the age of seven, when he was baptised as a Reformed Christian. Mendelssohn was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his talent.

Mendelssohn enjoyed early success in Germany, where he also revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and in his travels throughout Europe. He was particularly well received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist, and his ten visits there – during which many of his major works were premiered – form an important part of his adult career. His essentially conservative musical tastes, however, set him apart from many of his more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz. The Leipzig Conservatoire (now the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig), which he founded, became a bastion of this anti-radical outlook.

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3 Studies Op.104b for piano
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3 Studies Op.104b for piano
Felix Mendelssohn
Trio No. 1 In D Minor Op.49 For Piano And Strings
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Trio No. 1 In D Minor Op.49 For Piano And Strings
Felix Mendelssohn
Elijah Op.70
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Elijah Op.70
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 3 In A Minor Op.56 (Scottish)
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Symphony No. 3 In A Minor Op.56 (Scottish)
Felix Mendelssohn
Hear My Prayer - Hymn For Soprano, Chorus And Organ
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Hear My Prayer - Hymn For Soprano, Chorus And Organ
Felix Mendelssohn
Lieder Ohne Worte - Book 5 Op.62
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Lieder Ohne Worte - Book 5 Op.62
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony no. 4 (Op.90) in A major "Italian", 1st movement; Allegro vivace
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Symphony no. 4 (Op.90) in A major "Italian", 1st movement; Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto In E Minor Op.64 For Violin And Orchestra
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Concerto In E Minor Op.64 For Violin And Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn
Prelude And Fugue In D Major Op.35`2 For Piano
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Prelude And Fugue In D Major Op.35`2 For Piano
Felix Mendelssohn
Quartet No. 4 In E Minor Op.44`2 For Strings
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Quartet No. 4 In E Minor Op.44`2 For Strings
Felix Mendelssohn
Lied In A Major For Piano
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Lied In A Major For Piano
Felix Mendelssohn
St Paul - Oratorio Op.36
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St Paul - Oratorio Op.36
Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.25
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Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.25
Felix Mendelssohn
O Lord, thou hast searched me out (Surrexit Pastor)
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O Lord, thou hast searched me out (Surrexit Pastor)
Felix Mendelssohn
1st movement; Allegro vivace - Symphony no. 4
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1st movement; Allegro vivace - Symphony no. 4
Felix Mendelssohn
Ferne - Far away
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Ferne - Far away
Felix Mendelssohn
Rondo capriccioso
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Rondo capriccioso
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony no. 4 in A major Op.90 (Italian) - 4th movement; Saltarello (Presto)
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Symphony no. 4 in A major Op.90 (Italian) - 4th movement; Saltarello (Presto)
Felix Mendelssohn
Ruy Blas Overture
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Ruy Blas Overture
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 5 In D Major Op.107 (Reformation)
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Symphony No. 5 In D Major Op.107 (Reformation)
Felix Mendelssohn
Fantasia in F sharp minor Op.28 for piano
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Fantasia in F sharp minor Op.28 for piano
Felix Mendelssohn
Scottisches lieder - The Yellow-hair'd laddie
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Scottisches lieder - The Yellow-hair'd laddie
Felix Mendelssohn
Scottisches lieder- The Flowers of the Forest
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Scottisches lieder- The Flowers of the Forest
Felix Mendelssohn
Scottisches lieder- We've a bonnie wee flower
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Scottisches lieder- We've a bonnie wee flower
Felix Mendelssohn
The Hebrides overture Op.26
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The Hebrides overture Op.26
Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet No. 1 In E Flat Major Op.12 - Canzonetta
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String Quartet No. 1 In E Flat Major Op.12 - Canzonetta
Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor Op. 40
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Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor Op. 40
Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto in D minor for violin, piano and strings
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Concerto in D minor for violin, piano and strings
Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Quartet no 1 - 4th Movement
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Piano Quartet no 1 - 4th Movement

Piano Quartet no 1 - 4th Movement

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Schubert Ensemble of London
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony no. 6 in E flat major
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Symphony no. 6 in E flat major
Felix Mendelssohn
Octet in E flat major Op.20
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Octet in E flat major Op.20
Felix Mendelssohn
Lieder ohne Worte Op.19 - first set
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Lieder ohne Worte Op.19 - first set
Felix Mendelssohn
Song without Words in D Op.109
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Song without Words in D Op.109
Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Proms 2016)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Proms 2016)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Proms 2016)

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Mark Benton
Alex Hassell
Simon Manyonda
Sinead Matthews
Sam Swann
Michelle Terry
Bijan Sheibani
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Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo
Felix Mendelssohn
Elijah
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Elijah
Felix Mendelssohn
Octet, Op.20, 1st movement; Allegro con fuoco
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Octet, Op.20, 1st movement; Allegro con fuoco
Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer night's dream - incidental music (Op.61), no.7; Nocturne
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A Midsummer night's dream - incidental music (Op.61), no.7; Nocturne
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony for String Orchestra No 9 in C minor
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Symphony for String Orchestra No 9 in C minor
Felix Mendelssohn
Overture for Wind Instruments, Op.24
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Overture for Wind Instruments, Op.24
Felix Mendelssohn
Ruy Blas Overture in C minor, Op. 95
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Ruy Blas Overture in C minor, Op. 95
Felix Mendelssohn
Laudate Pueri
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Laudate Pueri

Laudate Pueri

Performer
Ivelina Ivancheva
Conductor
Ivelin Dimitrov
Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Notturno
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Notturno
Felix Mendelssohn
The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) - overture Op.26
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The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) - overture Op.26
Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for violin, piano and string orchestra in D minor
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Concerto for violin, piano and string orchestra in D minor
Felix Mendelssohn
Lied ohne Worte, Op.109
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Lied ohne Worte, Op.109
Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for violin and orch (Op.64) in E minor, 3rd mvt; Allegro molto vivace
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Concerto for violin and orch (Op.64) in E minor, 3rd mvt; Allegro molto vivace
Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for piano and orchestra no.2 (Op.40) in D minor
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Concerto for piano and orchestra no.2 (Op.40) in D minor
Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for violin and orchestra in E minor (Op.64)
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Concerto for violin and orchestra in E minor (Op.64)
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