Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn,[n 1] was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. He was brought up without religion until the age of seven, when he was baptised as a Reformed Christian. Mendelssohn was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his talent.

Mendelssohn enjoyed early success in Germany, where he also revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and in his travels throughout Europe. He was particularly well received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist, and his ten visits there – during which many of his major works were premiered – form an important part of his adult career. His essentially conservative musical tastes, however, set him apart from many of his more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Charles-Valentin Alkan and Hector Berlioz. The Leipzig Conservatoire (now the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig), which he founded, became a bastion of this anti-radical outlook.

Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. His Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and antisemitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality has now been recognised and re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.
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Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn,[n 1] was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. He was brought up without religion until the age of seven, when he was baptised as a Reformed Christian. Mendelssohn was...
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BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 1
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 9
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 13
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 14
MENDELSSOHN Capriccio in E minor

Live recordings, 1951
Total duration: 2hr 22:10

Busch Quartet:
Adolf Busch,
violin
Bruno Straumann,
violin
Hugo Gottesmann,
viola
Hermann Busch,
violoncello

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MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 “Italian”
MOZART Symphony No. 40
Recorded in April 1952
Total duration: 50:16

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Antal Doráti

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MENDELSSOHN  Songs Without Words (complete)
MENDELSSOHN  Andante and Rondo Capriccioso
Studio recordings, 1956 & 1953
Total duration: 2hr 12:21

Ania Dorfmann, piano

 


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GRIEG  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
MENDELSSOHN  Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
SCHUMANN  Carnaval, Op. 9   [STEREO recording]

Studio recordings, 1953-59
Total duration: 74:26
Ania Dorfmann. piano

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MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
Recorded 1944, 1949 and 1959
Total duration: 73:01

Jascha Heifetz, violin
NBC Symphony Orchestra
conductor Arturo Toscanini
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Sir Thomas Beecham
Boston Symphony Orchestra
conductor Charles Munch

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MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto

Live recordings, 1947/49
Total duration: 68:30

Jascha Heifetz, violin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Serge Koussevitzky
Bell Telephone Orchestra
conducted by Donald Voorhees