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: Incidental Music for Antigone, Oedipus & Athalia
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94216   Number of Discs: 3
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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Midsummer Night's Dream / Chen, Glover
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28230   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Sanderling, RPO
Release Date: 09/14/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28340   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words / Ronan O'Hora
Release Date: 05/10/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29060   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1 & 3 / De Vriend, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72641   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 70th Anniversary - Essential Recordings [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9614 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Julius Katchen,  Artur Rubinstein,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  Josef Krips,  Sir Georg Solti,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ankor Children's Chorus,  Israel Philharmonia Singers
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  • 52.
    Nikolaus Harnoncourt: The Symphony Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 690049 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 53.
    Mendelssohn: Complete Symphonies / Dohnanyi, Vienna Philharmonic [4-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001480002 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Josef Böch,  Edita Gruberova,  Sona Ghazarian,  Horst Laubenthal  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 54.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Sanderling, RPO
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28340 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Stefan Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Toscanini - Mendelssohn 200th Anniversary Tribute
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2358/59 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Edna Philips,  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies 4 & 5 / Sawallisch, New Philharmonia
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422470 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto 2; Mendelssohn: Symphony 4 / Lco
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 200 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Melvyn Tan
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 3, 4, & 5 / Bruggen, 18th Century
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456267 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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  • 59.
    Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture, Symphonies No 1 And 4 / Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1584 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Mendelssohn: Overtures, Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony No 4; Schubert / Ansermet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4800382 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Mendelssohn: The Five Symphonies / Dohnanyi, Vienna Phil
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 421769 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 62.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 63.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1 & 4, Hebrides Overture
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340260 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Juwelen Der Klassik - Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Etc / Rilling, Mackerras, Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98537 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Lenski,  Dmitri Sitkovetsky,  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 65.
    Mendelssohn Edition, Vol. 1: Symphonies 1-5; Violin And Piano Concertos
    Label: Wcj   Catalog: 4692729 Release Date: 03/09/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Cyprien Katsaris
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Joseph Keilberth,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 66.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies / Sawallisch, Markiz, New Philharmonia
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93777 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Lev Markiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus,  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
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  • 67.
    Karajan - Symphony Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001211702 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 38
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Agnes Baltsa,  Peter Schreier,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  José Van Dam
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Mendelssohn: The Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777581 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Edith Mathis,  Werner Hollweg,  Liselotte Rebmann
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 69.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 3 And 4 / Blomstedt, Sfo
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433811 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4; Schubert Symphony No 8 / Karajan
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 415848 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Felix Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum; Symphony No. 4 'italienische'
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 821311 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
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  • 72.
    Shostakovich, Mendelssohn: Symphonies / Solti, Vienna Po
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440476 Release Date: 06/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Schumann, Mendelssohn: Symphonies / Franz Welser-Most, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 20954 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Famous Mendelssohn Recordings
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9781 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ania Dorfmann
    Conductor:  Walter Goehr,  Charles Munch,  Sir Hamilton Harty
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Mendelssohn: Meisterwerke
    Label: Delta Ent.   Catalog: 772847 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
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