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
Beethoven: Piano Concerto 2; Mendelssohn: Symphony 4 / Lco
Release Date: 02/23/2010   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 200   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Concerto for Violin, Piano & Strings / Waley-Cohen
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 342   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Paulus / Herreweghe
Release Date: 10/14/2016   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 2921584   Number of Discs: 2
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Mendelssohn: Early Works for Piano & Strings / Kirkman, Hammer
Release Date: 09/30/2016   Label: Affetto Records  
Catalog: 1604   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn, Hensel & Bennett: Sonatas for Cello & Piano / Neary, Frith
Release Date: 10/14/2016   Label: Champs Hill Records  
Catalog: CHRCD105   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: On the Wings of Song (Auf Flügeln des Gesanges)

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn: Heine Songs / Christoph 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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  • 83.
    The Maiden's Prayer - Leaves From Grandmother's Piano Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550646 Release Date: 12/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zdenék Fibich,  Christian Sinding,  Leon Jessel,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy,  Ilona Prunyi
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  • 84.
    The World's Most Beautiful Melodies Vol 5 / Phillip Mccann
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4532 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vittorio Monti,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Simon Lindley
    Conductor:  Major Peter Parkes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society
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  • 85.
    Ringing Clear- The Art Of Handbell Ringing
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 333 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sounds in Brass,  Launton Handbells,  Four in Hand Handbells  ... 
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  • 86.
    Solflöjt 4 / Gunilla Von Bahr
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 350 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  François Joseph Gossec,  Atli Heimir Sveinsson,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Gunilla Von Bahr,  Karin Langebo
    Conductor:  Jan Olav Wedin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae
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  • 87.
    Michael Lewis Plays Liszt
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2066 Release Date: 11/04/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Michael Lewis
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  • 88.
    Mendelssohn: Lieder / Barbara Bonney, Geoffrey Parsons
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 44946 Release Date: 01/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 89.
    Serenade / Tommy Reilly, Asmf Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8486 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Martin,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Tommy Reilly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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    Ave Maria / Kiri Te Kanawa, Choir Of St. Paul's Cathedral
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412629 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Thelma Owen,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Neil Black  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
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