Felix Mendelssohn

Biography

Born: Feb 3, 1809; Germany   Died: Nov 4, 1847; Germany   Period: Romantic
Far from the troubled, coarse libertine that has become an archetype of the Romantic composer, Felix Mendelssohn was something of an anomaly among his contemporaries. His own situation -- one largely of domestic tranquility and unhindered career fulfillment -- stands in stark contrast to the personal Sturm und Drang familiar to his peers. Mendelssohn was the only musical prodigy of the nineteenth century whose stature could rival that of Mozart. Read more Still, his parents resisted any entrepreneurial impulses and spared young Felix the strange, grueling lifestyle that was the lot of many child prodigies. He and his sister Fanny were given piano lessons, and he also studied violin, and both joined the Berlin Singakademie. Carl Friedrich Zelter, director of the Singakademie, became Mendelssohn's first composition instructor. Even in his youth, Mendelssohn moved with natural grace among the circles of influence in society, politics, literature, and art. Although he did spend some time at the University of Berlin, most of his education was received through friendships and travel. Mendelssohn's advocacy was the single most important factor in the revival of Bach's vocal music in the nineteenth century, most famously realized in the 1829 performance of the St. Matthew Passion at the Berlin Singakadamie. He did some touring as a pianist with Ignaz Moscheles, then took the position as music director in Düsseldorf from 1833 to 1835, which involved conducting both the choral and orchestral societies, preparing music for church services and later, becoming intendant for the new theatre. Tension with the theater owner caused him to resign some of his duties, and he began looking for a new post. In 1835, Mendelssohn became municipal music director in Leipzig, where he also would conduct the Gewandhaus Orchestra. He would raise the level of the still-thriving ensemble to a new standard of excellence. In 1838, he married Cécile Jeanrenaud, enjoying an idyllic marriage and family life that was quite unlike the stormy romantic entanglements which profoundly affected such composers as Berlioz, Chopin, and Liszt. He was in demand as a conductor, spent some time as royal composer and music director in Berlin, but remained committed to musical life in Leipzig. He was even able to establish a new conservatory in the city, which is still a well-respected institution.
Mendelssohn was a true Renaissance man. A talented visual artist, he was a refined connoisseur of literature and philosophy. While Mendelssohn's name rarely arises in discussions of the nineteenth century vanguard, the intrinsic importance of his music is undeniable. A distinct personality emerges at once in its exceptional formal sophistication, its singular melodic sense, and its colorful, masterful deployment of the instrumental forces at hand. A true apotheosis of life, Mendelssohn's music absolutely overflows with energy, ebullience, drama, and invention, as evidenced in his most enduring works: the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream (1826-1842); the Hebrides Overture (1830); the Songs Without Words (1830-1845); the Symphonies No. 3 (1841-1842) and No. 4 (1833); and the Violin Concerto in E minor (1844). While the sunny disposition of so many of Mendelssohn's works has led some to view the composer as possessing great talent but little depth, his religious compositions -- particularly the great oratorios Paulus (1836) and Elijah (1846) -- reflect the complexity and deeply spiritual basis of his personality. Read less
Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte / Javier Perianes
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902195   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Ibragimova, Jurowski, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
Release Date: 10/09/2012   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67795   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2 / Howard Shelley
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68059   Number of Discs: 1
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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 3 - Mendelssohn
Release Date: 03/04/1993   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 66567   Number of Discs: 1
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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 17 - Mendelssohn / Hough
Release Date: 08/12/1997   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 66969   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Spectacular Marches / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38129 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Midsummer Night's Dream / Chen, Glover
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28230 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Leland Chen
    Conductor:  Jane Glover
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    The Mendelssohn Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 517453 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris,  Barbara Bonney,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Maxim Vengerov  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Raymond Leppard,  Armin Jordan,  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Éder String Quartet  ... 
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  • 29.
    The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe - Music For Weddings
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17719 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Otto Büchner,  Peter Schmalfuss,  Renate Modron,  Peter Jancovic  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Bohdan Warchal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musici di San Marco,  Munich Bach Soloists,  Slovak Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Etc / Dutoit, Montreal
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417541 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Popular Orchestral Classics / Neville Marriner
    Label: Philips Touch Of Classics   Catalog: 420814 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Leipzig Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149252 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
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  • 33.
    40 Most Beautiful Summer Classics - Mozart, Vivaldi, Debussy, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511596 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alexander Glazunov,  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-François Heisser,  Howard Cook,  Helen Huang,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  José Serebrier,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Beautiful Wedding - Ceremony - Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Etc / Ozawa, Pearlman, Levi, Empire Brass Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80717 Release Date: 05/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Ottorino Respighi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  John Sauer,  Kurt Wortman,  Rick Tiven,  Joel Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Pearlman,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Frederick Fennell,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Baroque,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Empire Brass  ... 
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  • 35.
    Serenade: A Classical Wedding Collection
    Label: T Carter   Catalog: 3018128 Release Date: 03/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johann Pachelbel,  Traditional,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  David Francis,  Andrea Zonn,  Catherine Marx
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  • 36.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3, Hebrides / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 38112 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Peter Hurford - Organ Favorites
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 425013 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Henry Purcell,  Herbert Murrill  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hurford
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  • 38.
    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Instant Classics - Musiques De Mariage
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5107 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Anne Gastinel
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Krivine,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Christophe Coin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse National Chamber Orchestra,  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
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  • 40.
    Romantic Journey / London Brass
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46007 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
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  • 41.
    The Arthur Fiedler Legacy - Symphonic Spectacular
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001005702 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 42.
    The Most Beautiful Classical Melodies
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98293 Release Date: 10/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 43.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4, Etc / Wordsworth, London So
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 91372 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Mendelsohn: Symphony No 4, Etc / Bramall, Slovak Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550055 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60910 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Eugene Fodor,  Helen Vanni,  Arlene Saunders
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chorus
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  • 46.
    Toscanini Collection Vol 71 - La Scala Acoustic Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60315 Release Date: 06/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Ildebrando Pizzetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Organ Bon Bons - Organ Works By Bach, Dvorak, Elgar, Widoe & Handel
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220539 Release Date: 04/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oskar Lindberg,  Charles-Marie Widor,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrik Spang-Hanssen
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  • 48.
    Wedding Essentials / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7334 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  John Stanley,  Sonny Kompanek,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 49.
    Wedding Classics
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 65473 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg,  Sister Marie Keyrouz,  Nicholas Danby,  Jonathan Rees  ... 
    Conductor:  Arie Van Beek,  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Sir Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble d'Auvergne,  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players  ... 
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  • 50.
    Toscanini - Complete Philadelphia Orchestra Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 702331 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Hector Berlioz,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Edwina Eustis,  Florence Kirk
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  University of Pennsylvania Women's Glee Club
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