Mendelssohn, Felix

August 21, 2019, 7:00 pm

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German composer Felix Mendelssohn finds himself at the center of this week’s episode of Exploring Music. He has been hailed as one of the greatest musical minds of all time. We venture from his precocious youth to his early death. His great body of work is still in the repertories of chamber groups and orchestras. And it’s the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto that is loved by all. The same love and devotion is true for his String Octet and Italian Symphony.

Playlist

Episode 1

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64 (excerpts)
Concertgebouw/Haitink; Perlman, violin
Violin Concerto No. 1
EMI 69863; 2:30

Felix Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 3 in E Minor, I
English String Orchestra/Boughton
Complete String Symphonies Volume 1
Nimbus 5141; 3:05

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11, III
LSO/Abbado
Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1 & 5 / Abbado, LSO
DG 445596; 6:40

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture for Wind Instruments in C Major
LSO/Abbado
Overtures
DG 423104; 9:41

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings, I
Guarneri & Orion String Quartets
String Quartet No. 3; Octet
Arabesque 6714; 14:14

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Berlin Phil/Abbado
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Symphony No 4 / Abbado
Sony 62826; 11:40

Felix Mendelssohn: No. 2 from Seven Characteristic Pieces for Piano, Op. 7
Jones, piano
Complete Piano Works, Songs Without Words II
Nimbus 5074; 1:50

Episode 2

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings, II
Guarneri & Orion String Quartets
String Quartet No. 3; Octet
Arabesque 6714; 4:27

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Matthäus-Passion
Decca 421 177; 2:10

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12, I
Julliard String Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartets No 1 & 2 / Juilliard Quartet
Sony 60579; 8:04

Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, in B minor, Op. 26, “Fingal’s Cave”
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 “Scottish” & 4, “Italian” / Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
Sony 46536; 10:50

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in G Minor
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner; Perahia, piano
Piano Concertos No. 1 & No. 2
CBS 42401; 20:02

Felix Mendelssohn: “Frühlingsglaube” & “Auf Flügeln des Gesanges”
Quasthoff, baritone, Zeyen, piano
Thomas Quasthoff: A Romantic Songbook
DG B0002192; 1:43, 2:22

Episode 3

Felix Mendelssohn: Quintet for Strings No. 1 in A major, Op. 18, II
L’Archibudelli
Mendelssohn: String Quintets / L’Archibudelli
Sony 60766; 7:45

Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op. 19b (excerpt)
Gould, piano
Glenn Gould Edition – Chopin, Mendelssohn, Scriabin, Et Al
Sony 52622; 2:13

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, Reformation, I (excerpt) & finale
LSO/Abbado
Mendelssohn, 5 Symphonien, Abbado, London Symphony
DG 415353; :28, 9:04

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”
CSO/Solti
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’; Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’
London 414 665-1; 29:47

Episode 4

Felix Mendelssohn: St. Paul (excerpts)
Leipzig Radio Chorus & Gewandhaus Orchestra/Masur
Mendelssohn: Paulus / Masur, Janowitz, Lang, Blochwitz, Adam
Philips 420212; 11:21

Felix Mendelssohn: Trio for Piano and Strings No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, I
Schneider, violin; Casals, violoncello; Horszowski, piano
Casals Edition – Brahms, Mendelssohn: Piano Trios / Hess
Sony 66571; 9:54

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”, I & II
CSO/Solti
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’; Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’
London 414 665-1; 15:52

Felix Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Berlin Phil/Abbado
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Symphony No 4 / Abbado
Sony 62826; 4:23

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” III (edited excerpts)
CSO/Solti
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’; Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’
London 414 665-1; 4:37

Episode 5

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 64
Concertgebouw/Haitink; Perlman, violin
Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Perlman, Previn, LSO
EMI 69863; 28:57

Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah (excerpts)
London Symphony/Hickox
Mendelssohn: Elijah / Hickox, White, London So & Chorus
Chandos 8774; 8:56

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 (excerpts)
Ysaye Quartet
Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets
London 436325; 1:42, 1:00, 1:09

Felix Mendelssohn: Nocturne & Finale from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Berlin Phil/Abbado; Branagh, narrator
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Symphony No. 4 / Abbado
Sony 62826; 10:54