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: Violin Concertos / Zimmermann, Albrecht, Et Al
Release Date: 08/13/2002   Label: Emi Classics Encore  
Catalog: 74739   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Symphony No 2 / Sawallisch, Berlin
Release Date: 07/13/2004   Label: Emi Classics Encore  
Catalog: 75627   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Menuhin
Release Date: 03/09/1999   Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century  
Catalog: 66958   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: The Piano Trios / Sitkovetsky Trio
Release Date: 07/10/2015   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2109   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets / Pacifica Quartet
Release Date: 04/26/2005   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 82   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Summer Classics - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63186 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Thomas Moore,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Alfred Krips,  Kong Xiang-Dong,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Roberto Abbado,  Arthur Fiedler,  Claus Peter Flor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Mozart, Mendelssohn: Famous Overtures / Wordsworth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553261 Release Date: 11/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Anthony Bramall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum / Rilling, Oregon Bach Festival, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98922 Release Date: 11/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ingeborg Danz,  Christine Schäfer
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra,  Oregon Bach Festival Women's Chorus
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  • 82.
    The Organ Of St. Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh / Byram-wigfield
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 169 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Henry Walford Davies,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield,  Rupert Waddington
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  • 83.
    An Evening With The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68860 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Carmen Dragon,  Miklós Rózsa,  Earl Bernard Murray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Klassix For Kidz
    Label: Celestial Harmonies   Catalog: 12102 Release Date: 01/31/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Orff,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  János Sebestyén,  Marián Lapsansky,  Peter Toperczer,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  András Kiss,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Kenneth Jean,  Harald Nerat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Rossini Ensemble,  Karl Peinkofer Percussion Ensemble,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony  ... 
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  • 85.
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Ozawa, Battle Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439897 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Frederica Von Stade,  Judi Dench
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 86.
    The Best Of Mendelssohn
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442302 Release Date: 05/10/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Werner Haas,  Salvatore Accardo
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Charles Dutoit,  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3, Etc / Davis, Bavarian Rso
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 89841 Release Date: 01/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Szell, Stokowski
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48264 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet,  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Mendelssohn: Overtures / Abbado, London So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423104 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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Felix Mendelssohn


WORKS
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A Major, Op.90, MWV N 16 - "Italian" - 1. Allegro vivace
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A Major, Op.90, MWV N 16 - "Italian" - 2. Andante con moto
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A Major, Op.90, MWV N 16 - "Italian" - 3. Con moto moderato
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A Major, Op.90, MWV N 16 - "Italian" - 4. Saltarello (Presto)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 - "Scottish" - 1. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato - Andante come prima
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 - "Scottish" - 2. Vivace non troppo
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 - "Scottish" - 3. Adagio
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 - "Scottish" - 4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20 - 1. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20 - 2. Andante
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro leggierissimo)
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20 - 4. Presto