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 In Birmingham Vol 2 /  Gardner, City Of Birmingham Symphony
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5139   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Symphony no 2
Release Date: 02/12/2013   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72543   Number of Discs: 1
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Johanna Martzy Plays Mendelssohn & Brahms
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 94226   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Schauspielmusiken / Bernius,  Stuttgart Classical Philharmonic
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Carus  
Catalog: 83022   Number of Discs: 3
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Mendelssohn: Six Sonatas For Organ, Op. 65 / Jos Van Der Kooy
Release Date: 09/08/2009   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72315   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    An Introduction To Felix Mendelssohn
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2025 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Walter Weller,  Howard Shelley,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Sir Charles Groves
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Mozart Players,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    Mendelssohn Discoveries: Rare Piano Works / Prosseda
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4763038 Release Date: 06/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Roberto Prosseda
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  • 62.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95803 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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  • 63.
    The Knot Collection Of Ceremony & Wedding Music
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92826 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Edward Carroll,  William Neil,  Yo-Yo Ma  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Edward Carroll,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Richard Kapp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Chamber Soloists of Washington,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Schubert, Mendelssohn, Mahler / Schippers, Susskind
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5138 Release Date: 03/22/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Lili Chookasian,  Richard Cassilly
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Thomas Schippers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Music For A Wedding
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8033 Release Date: 03/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Simons,  Franz Lehrndorfer
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  • 66.
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97013 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
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  • 67.
    Con Voce Festiva / Barthe, Ohnimus, Specht, Bestert
    Label: Zuk Records   Catalog: 317 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Uwe Bestert,  Christian Specht,  Michael Ohnimus,  Julia Barthe
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  • 68.
    Perfect Autumn Wedding
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557978 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 69.
    Perfect Spring Wedding
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557976 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
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  • 70.
    Perfect Summer Wedding
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557979 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Adolf Hasse  ... 
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  • 71.
    Perfect Wedding
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557975 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
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  • 72.
    Perfect Winter Wedding
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557977 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georg Christoph Wagenseil,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
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  • 73.
    Original Masters - George Szell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000491002 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Klausjürgen Wussow
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 74.
    To Have And To Hold - Cherished Favorites For Weddings
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17507 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Akira Eguchi,  Chee-Yun,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Jorgen Ernst Hansen,  Emmanuel Krivine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stravaganza Cologne,  I Solisti Italiani,  Lucerne Festival Strings  ... 
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  • 75.
    Música Para Todos - 100 Minituras Clasicas Preferidas
    Label: Yoyo   Catalog: 59200 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Festival Orchestra
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