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: Symphonies No 4 & 5, Hebrides / Gardner
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5132   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Piano Concertos / Chailly
Release Date: 06/17/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002082502   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2 / Howard Shelley
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68059   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: String Quartets / Vogler Quartet
Release Date: 08/16/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4091   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt, Mendelssohn, Clementi: Music For Piano & Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 01/26/2010   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 9028   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: On the Wings of Song (Auf Flügeln des Gesanges)

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  • 76.
    On Wings Of Song - Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69502 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruperto Chapi,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Pablo Luna y Carné  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 77.
    Popular Encores - Paganini, Schubert, Et Al / Haendel, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1259 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Béla Bartók,  Ernesto Halffter,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons,  Ida Haendel
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  • 78.
    Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas, Variations, Etc / Maisky, Tiempo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471565 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Sergio Tiempo,  Mischa Maisky
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  • 79.
    The Very Best Of Janet Baker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75069 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dame Janet Baker,  Cecil Aronowitz,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Philip Ledger,  André Previn,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra Chorus,  Hallé Orchestra,  Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Mendelssohn: Songs And Duets Vol 2 / Daneman, Loges, Asti
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67137 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Eugene Asti,  Stephan Loges,  Sophie Daneman
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  • 82.
    Mysterium - Sacred Arias / Gheorghiu, Marin, London Po
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466102 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Adolphe Adam,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Madrigal Chamber Choir Romania
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  • 83.
    Legendary Treasures - David Oistrakh Collection Vol 9
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7790 Release Date: 08/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Knushevitzky,  Lev Oborin,  David Oistrakh,  Vladimir Yampolsky  ... 
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  • 84.
    Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schumann: Lieder / Janet Baker, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 573836 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 85.
    Mendelssohn: Works For Cello & Piano / Solow, Stevenson
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2343 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Doris Stevenson,  Jeffrey Solow
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  • 86.
    Grosse Sänger Unseres Jahrhunderts - Elisabeth Grümmer
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 506001 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Othmar Schoeck,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Aribert Reimann,  Elisabeth Grümmer
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  • 87.
    Victoria De Los Angeles Live In Tokyo
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 11/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rafael Calleja,  Georges Bizet,  Blas de Laserna,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Manuel Garcia-Morante
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  • 88.
    Romance / Yoshikazu Mera
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 949 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Traditional,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera,  Masayuki Kino,  Hitsako Matsui
    Conductor:  Shigeo Genda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 08/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Antonín Dvorák,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Karin Strid,  Semmy Stahlhammer
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  • 90.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Lula Mysz-gmeiner
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89159 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Lula Mysz-Gmeiner,  Waldemar Liachowsky
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  • 91.
    Mendelssohn: Lieder / Peter Schreier, Walter Olbertz
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9218 Release Date: 10/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Walter Olbertz,  Peter Schreier
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  • 92.
    Legendary Treasures - Jascha Heifetz Collection Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7705 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Max Bruch,  Ernö von Dohnányi  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
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  • 93.
    Simply Sarah - Popular Encores / Sarah Chang
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56161 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grigoras Dinicu,  Gabriel Fauré,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Abramovic,  Sarah Chang
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  • 94.
    Songs For Sunset / Christian Linberg, Per Lundberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 808 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Per Lundberg,  Christian Lindberg
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  • 95.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Isaac Stern Presents Encores
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64537 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Stephen Foster,  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Isaac Stern - A Life in Music - Trio Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67195 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Eugene Istomin,  Isaac Stern,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Wach Auf, Mein' Herzensschöne / Schreier, Ragossnig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1054 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Konrad Ragossnig
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  • 98.
    All Of The World's Most Beautiful Melodies! / Mccann, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4536 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Helen Guy  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Simon Lindley,  Roy Newsome,  Skaila Kanga  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Newsome,  Major Peter Parkes,  Douglas Blackledge,  Gordon Langford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  Leeds Parish Church Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 99.
    Mendelssohn - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64595 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  André Previn,  Elly Ameling,  Rudolf Jansen,  Michie Koyama  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Eugene Ormandy,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Smithsonian Chamber Players,  L'Archibudelli  ... 
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  • 100.
    Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn: Heine Songs / Pregardien
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77319 Release Date: 12/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Andreas Staier
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