Composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was born 200 years ago today in the German city of Leipzig. Growing up in a comfortable, cultured family, he and his favorite sister Fanny both soon showed themselves to be musical prodigies. His life was short, but he left behind dozens of hours of music that bring listeners pleasure to this day. Today on GPB's Midday Music it's wall-to-wall Mendelssohn.
- Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overture. Vienna Phil, Thielemann. DG 289 474 5022.
- Mendelssohn: On Wings of Song, Op. 34/2. Mischa Maisky, Sergio Tiempo. DG 289 471 565.
- Mendelssohn: Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano and Orchestra. Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 427 338.
- Mendelssohn: Wedding March (from his incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream). London Sym, Wordsworth. Virgin 391372.
- Hensel, Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata in C minor (1843). Louise Cheadle. AW Promotions 2004.
- Mendelssohn: "Reformation" Symphony (No. 5 in D major, Op. 107). Philharmonia Orch, Weller. Chandos 10224(3).
- Mendelssohn: "Duetto" (Songs without Words, Op. 38/6). Murray Perahia. Sony 66511.
- Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49. Trio Wanderer. Harmonia Mundi 901961.