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: Complete Symphonies, String Symphonies, Concertos / Markiz, Litton
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2002   Number of Discs: 11
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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Gould Piano Trio
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Champs Hill Records  
Catalog: 88   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Books 5-8 / Brautigam
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1983   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos; Romances / Pine
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 144   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos
Release Date: 02/26/2016   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: 20345   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony Nos 3 & 4 / Norrington, London Players
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54000 Release Date: 05/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
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  • 77.
    Sunday Evenings With Pierre Monteux - California 1941-52
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1192 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Olivier Messiaen,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Warenskjold,  William Kapell,  Boris Blinder,  Naum Blinder  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 4 & 5 / Emmanuel Krivine, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5069 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chambre Philharmonique
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  • 79.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Belohlavek
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3876 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 4 & 5, Etc / Munch, Boston So
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 71616 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Norrington, Stuttgart Rso
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93133 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Bernstein Collectors Edition - Schubert, Schumann, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000532302 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Justus Frantz
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 4 & 5 / Munch, Boston So
    Label: Jvc Xrcd   Catalog: 24028 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies No 3 & 4, Etc / Hanover Band, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7074 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christopher Kite,  Benjamin Hudson
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 86.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies / Weller, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10224 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Alison Hagley,  Cynthia Haymon,  Peter Straka,  Leslie Pearson
    Conductor:  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 87.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Sergiu Celibidache
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62872 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    Classics - Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony 4
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80318 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 & 4 / Klemperer, Vienna So
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 7813 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Fritz Busch
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75103 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Wolsing,  Carl Bloch,  Leo Hansen,  Alberto Medici
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Mendelssohn: 5 Symphonies, 7 Overtures / Abbado, London So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471467 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Elizabeth Connell,  Karita Mattila,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 94.
    Brahms, Mendelssohn / Stokowski, National Po
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 531 Release Date: 04/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn: Symphonies /Cantelli, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 74801 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Guido Cantelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Norrington, London Classical Players
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61735 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
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  • 97.
    Bernstein Century - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61843 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 98.
    Immortal Toscanini Vol 5 - Schubert, Mendelssohn: Symphonies
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 159480 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    Mendelssohn: The Symphonies Vol 2 / Dohnányi, Vienna Po
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 460239 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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