Felix Mendelssohn


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: Sacred Works / Rilling
Release Date: 05/04/2018   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 17082   Number of Discs: 6
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In Between - Schumann & Mendelssohn / Pacini
Release Date: 05/11/2018   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 570777   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Complete Works For Violin And Piano / Nomos Duo
Release Date: 08/21/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554725   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn, Bruch: Octets / Kodály Quartet, Auer Quartet
Release Date: 04/18/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557270   Number of Discs: 1
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Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn: Complete Piano Trios
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94490   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 51.
    Classical Music 101 - 101 Famous Classical Themes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63691 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Luis Garcia,  Placido Domingo,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 52.
    Wedding Music - Bach, Mozart, Etc
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4984 Release Date: 08/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Traditional,  Richard Wagner,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
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  • 53.
    The Essential Wedding Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000233302 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Wright,  Francis Lai,  Bryan Adams,  Giorgio Moroder  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Peter Hurford,  Richard Farnes,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Conductor:  Nick Ingman,  Michael Kamen,  Julius Rudel,  Wyn Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Mendelssohn: Orchestral Masterpieces / Golschmann, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1274 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Mischa Elman
    Conductor:  Vladimir Golschmann,  Felix Prohaska
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Classics At The Movies
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4761226 Release Date: 10/20/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Giacomo Puccini,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Isador Goodman,  Yvonne Kenny,  Jane Sheldon,  Lauris Elms  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Thomas,  Wlodzimierz Kamirski,  William Motzing,  David Measham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantillation
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  • 56.
    21st Century Cinema Classics
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556698 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Yordi Ramiro,  Kym Amps,  Idil Biret,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Jeremy Summerly,  Anthony Bramall  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  Scholars Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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  • 57.
    Mendelssohn Highlights / Marriner, Hager, Rilling, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98430 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Christine Schäfer,  Cornelia Kallisch  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Prague Philharmonia  ... 
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  • 58.
    For Your Life - For Your Wedding
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000003312 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Stanley,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Thelma Owen,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Agoult,  Heinrich Steiner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble,  Nordmark Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Bear Essentials - Wedding Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2411 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  John Stanley,  George Frideric Handel,  Charles-Marie Widor  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Jackson,  Richard Marlow,  Ian Tracey,  Gillian Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Robert Gibson,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir,  Collegium Musicum 90,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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  • 60.
    The Four Seasons - A Musical Calendar Of Favorite Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469376 Release Date: 01/13/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Karl Goldmark,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Arthur Fiedler,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 61.
    The Best Of Classical - Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Et Al
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 6265 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  George Gershwin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 62.
    Wedding Classics / Norrington, Parrott, Mackerras, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61890 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alexander Borodin,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Paul Goodwin,  Nancy Argenta,  Gillian Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Monica Huggett,  Roger Norrington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 63.
    A Bride's Guide To Wedding Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503134 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  Théodore Dubois,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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  • 64.
    The Wedding Album - Pachelbel, Wagner, Et Al / De Chiaro
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2565 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francisco Tarrega,  Moshe Nathanson,  Albert Hay Malotte  ... 
    Performer:  Giovanni De Chiaro
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  • 65.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Ruy Blas Overture, Etc / Previn, Menuhin, London Symphony
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74519 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Efrem Kurtz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Processional & Reflective Music For Weddings /Offstage Brass
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7218 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Alistair King,  Gabriel Fauré,  William Byrd  ... 
    Conductor:  Tim Hawes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra Off-Stage Brass
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  • 67.
    Mendelssohn - Gala Concert From The Gewandhaus, Leipzig
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100031 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Frank-Michael Erben
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4, Etc / Johannes Wildner, Et Al
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7070 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Cassovia
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  • 69.
    The Organ Transcription In France / Arturo Sacchetti
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47556 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benedetto Marcello,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti
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  • 70.
    Classical Weddings
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Pachelbel,  Otto Nicolai,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Klemperer Legacy - Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4, Midsummer Night's Dream
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67038 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Heather Harper
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 72.
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466098 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Pietro Mascagni,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marcello Giordani,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Evelino Pidň,  Herbert von Karajan,  Terry Davies  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Cinema Classics 11
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 556631 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Umberto Giordano,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Csaba Onczay,  Bertalan Hock,  Jénö Jandó,  Giorgio Lamberti  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Richard Edlinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 74.
    The Complete Wedding Album - There Is Love
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80490 Release Date: 04/28/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Richard Wagner,  Samuel Barber,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Angel Romero,  Joseph Silverstein,  Larry Cooperman,  Michael Chertock  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Erich Kunzel,  Leonard Slatkin,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops  ... 
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  • 75.
    The Best Of Mendelssohn
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556660 Release Date: 10/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Takako Nishizaki,  Péter Nagy
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky,  Anthony Bramall,  Kenneth Jean,  Oliver Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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