Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music, organ music and chamber music. His best-known works include the overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the oratorio St. Paul, the oratorio Elijah, the overture The Hebrides, the mature Violin Concerto and the String Octet. The melody for the Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is also his. Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions. 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. Felix was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his talent. His sister Fanny received a similar musical education and was a talented composer and pianist in her own right; some of her early songs were published under her brother's name. Mendelssohn enjoyed early success in Germany, and revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, notably with his performance of the St Matthew Passion in 1829.

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  • Lucerne Festival performs Mendelssohn, Mozart & Schumann (2019)

    Under the baton of Jakub Hrůša, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra performs the Overture from F. Mendelssohn's op. 26 "The Hebrides" and R. Schumann's op. 61 Symphony no. 2 in C major. Flautist Emmanuel Pahud joins them to perform W.A. Mozart's Flute Concerto no. 1 in G major (K. 313). Performed as pa...

  • W,A Mozart: Symphony No. 35 'Haffner'; Schumann: Piano Concerto; Liszt (2017)

    Under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy, the Verbier Festival Orchestra performs W.A. Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony no. 35 in D major (K. 385) and F. Mendelssohn's op. 56 "Scottish" Symphony no. 3 in A minor. Pianist Mikhail Pletnev performs F. Liszt's Liebestraum. They join to perform R. Schumann's o...

  • Ashton Triple (The Dream; Symphonic Variations; Marguerite and Armand) (2017)

    Ashton Triple (The Dream; Symphonic Variations; Marguerite and Armand) by F. Mendelssohn, C. Franck, F. Liszt, from The Royal Ballet, performed at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 2017. Conductor Emmanuel Plasson, starring Steven McRae, Roberto Bolle, Marianela Nuñez, Yuhui Choe, Vadim Muntagiro...