An Introduction to Mendelssohn



The Hebrides, Op. 26
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Wedding March from incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Capriccio brillant 
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

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A greater prodigy even than Mozart, German composer, pianist and conductor Felix Mendelssohn was composing fully mature works from the age of 12. Stirred by his classical upbringing and inspired by art and nature, his music flows with melodic freshness and inventive orchestration. The energy, clarity and tunefulness of the Symphony No.4, the Italian Symphony has made it his most popular symphony.

Mendelssohn's exhilarating Italian Symphony is one of the warmest vivacious and most melodic works in the repertoire and has understandably become one of the most famous works in the catalogue. Evidence of his mastery and freshness is so abundant.

The First Piano Concerto is no less appealing, with its catchy tunes, brilliantly exciting writing and romantic sweep-virtuosic rather than profound, overflows with youthful élan. These works are coupled with his most famous and glittering shorter compositions, including his celebrated Hebrides Overture. These famous Mendelssohn works are treated to first-rate performances and sound.

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