The musical world described Mendelssohn's death as 'the eclipse of music', yet the posthumous attitude to his work has often been derogatory. Donald Macleod charts the composer's final years, from the death of his beloved sister, Fanny, to his own in 1847 and his remarkable legacy, exemplified by his Violin Concerto in E minor.
Part of Radio 3's Composers of the Year 2009 season.
Fanny Mendelssohn: Bergeslust, Op 10, No 5
Susan Gritton (soprano)
Eugene Asti (piano)
Hyperion CDA 67110
String Quartet in F minor, Op 80
Deutsche Grammophon 4158832
CD1 tracks 9-12
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta (conductor)
CD1 tracks 1-3.