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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  • F. Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) Concert Overture, op. 26 (2019)

    Lucerne Festival 2019: The Hebrides - Concert Overture (Fingal's Cave); W. A. Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1; R. Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (Lucerne Festival 2019) by F. Mendelssohn, W.A. Mozart and R. Schumann, from Lucerne Festival, performed at Concert Hall, KXL Luzern, 2019. Conductor Jakub Hrůša...

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

    W.A.Mozart: Symphony No. 35 'Haffner'; Schumann: Piano Concerto; Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3 'Love Dream' by Various Composers, from Verbier Festival, performed at Salle des Combins, 2017. Conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy (Mozart; Schumann), starring Mikhail Pletnev, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra an...

  • 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...