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Quote from: SonicMan46 on November 22, 2009, 05:59:02 AMFelix Mendelssohn (Bartholdy) (1809-1847) - I just finished 'perusing' a book entitled Mendelssohn: A Life in Music by R. Larry Todd (a Professor of Music at Duke University and considered the world's expert on this composer); now, I say 'perusing' because the book is over 700+ pages in length, is quite detailed, and has much analyzes of Mendelssohn's (and others') music (which escapes my limits of understanding).Although 2009 is almost over, this the the 200th Anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth, so certainly a time of celebration for this unfortunately 'short-lived' composer, musician, conductor, and artist; yes indeed he was multi-talented and really did so much in the few years he had on earth. There are plenty of excellent biographies available, including an extensive Wiki ARTICLE and even his own Website HERE.Some of the many interesting facts that I learned (or became reacquainted) from the new biography mentioned included: 1) Much more 'in depth' explanation of his conversion to Protestantism and acquisition of the additional surname Bartholdy (of course, his grandfather was the famous 18th century Jewish scholar, Moses Mendelssohn); 2) Extreme precocity of his musical talents in both performing on various instruments and in composing (e.g. he wrote the wonderful Octet & Overture to a Midsummer's Night Dream as a teenager); 3) His utterly close devotion and attachment to his older sister, Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847): 4) His strong desire to suppress the publication of Fanny's music, an unfortunate practice toward women composers of the times; 5) His phenomenal ability to improvise on the piano - just many stories (including private audiences w/ Victoria & Albert w/ quotes from her letters); and 6) Many more details of the early deaths of Fanny & Felix w/i 6 months from each other, and both from stroke(s) (I suspect that they likely had congenital vascular brain malformations or possibly aneuryms - just postulation on my part).But this should be a celebration of the music of Felix Mendelssohn - and I could not find a thread dedicated solely to this composer (yes plenty of posts and some threads related to specific works), so let's hope that all who enjoy this talented individual will contribute. Although I already own a LOT of his music, a renewed interest started with discovering the musical website Musica Omnia started by Peter Watchorn; my initial attraction was to purchase his Bach WTC recordings on the pedal harpsichord (WTC II to be released soon!); there I discovered a series of discs being released in honor of Mendenssohn on this bicentennial birth year; so far, I've purchased two and have a third 3-CDs set is on order, again about to be released; these are performed by the Atlantis Trio (and Ensemble) w/ Jaap Shroder on violin & Penelope Crawford on fortepiano - just excellent. P.S. the liner notes for these recordings are written by Todd & are superb.So, please add additional comments, historical events related to this composer, favorite works, and recording recommendations -
Quote from: snyprrr on May 14, 2011, 09:27:33 AMWhat can you tell me about the Piano Trios, in general? What do you think are FM's Top3-4 Chamber Works?
Quote from: haydnfan on May 14, 2011, 10:51:33 AMHis piano trios are great works, you should listen to them!
Quote from: Lethe Dmitriyevich Shostakovich on May 14, 2011, 11:24:25 AMI second these, they are super!
Quote from: haydnfan on May 14, 2011, 10:51:33 AMHis piano trios are great works, you should listen to them! I think that his top 3 chamber works are his string quintets and his octet... well no octet is just a favorite of mine, I guess I would in his last string quartets.
Quote from: The new erato on May 15, 2011, 10:20:26 AMA new release of potential interest:MENDELSSOHN Incidental Music For Antigone, Oedipus, Athalia. Sabina Martin, Ann Hallenberg, Chorus Musicus Koln Das Neue Orchester / Christoph Spering, Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin / Stefan Soltesz. Briliant Classics 3cds
Quote from: SonicMan46 on May 17, 2011, 05:33:20 AMSnyprrr,Well, coming in after others have posted but agree that the Piano Trios are wonderful works - the Musica Omnia releases (posted & quoted by you) are excellent performances w/ Penelope Crawford on fortepiano (Conrad Graf, Vienna, 1835); another favorite recording of these works is below, which I've had for a LONG time (maybe OOP?)! But just looking briefly on Amazon, there are plenty of other releases (including the Florestan Trio).As to his TOP chamber works - really will vary depending on one's preferences, e.g. do you only want strings, keyboard + strings, or other, like the clarinet recording that is also in my collection); for me I go love the piano works, the octet, & the string quartets - but I need to put on that clarinet disc - has been a while! Dave
Quote from: snyprrr on May 17, 2011, 05:40:42 AMI just ordered that old HM issue for the PTs ($3!!).
Quote from: Appy34 on February 11, 2013, 12:23:42 PMWhat recordings of the Piano Trios do you all recommend?
Quote from: Leo K. on February 11, 2013, 01:57:36 PMJens, what are your recommendations for the symphonies, or is there a link to a survey you have done?
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