Happy Birthday, Mendelssohn
February 3rd is Mendelssohn’s birthday, the 200th. Thanks for the reports from the media and blogs, I was aware of his birthday before it’s passed, unlike Sarasate’s one. 😐
I don’t know Mendelssohn well. I first learned his music through his violin concerto (played by Heifetz and Oistrakh) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Previn & London Symphony EMI) Also two of his symphonies, the famous No. 3 & No. 4. Later, the Octet, op. 20 and piano trios (Hmm.. have to check the CDs). Besides the first two works, his concerto for violin and piano (Kremer & Argerich, DG) is one of my favorites too. 🙂
Here you can learn more about Mendelssohn, including the new finding:
- BBC Mendelssohn’s page – Mendelssohn is one of four composers of the year as 2009 Big Four chosen by BBC. The other three are Purcell, Handel and Haydn. You can also read Introducing Jessica’s Mendelssohn blog in BBC.
- Conspiracy of silence: Could the release of secret documents shatter Felix Mendelssohn’s reputation? (01/12/2009; The Independent) by Jessica
- Was Mendelssohn’s music masking a broken heart? (01/13/2009; The Guardian) by Tom Service (and see Jessica’s repose)
- Mendelssohn Favorites Offer Precision, Grace and Grit (01/29/2009; New York Times)
- Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Immortal Mendelssohn (01/30/2009; NPR)
Definitely there should be more coming in February. I’ll add them up here if I find them.
PS1: 😕 Can you imagine that a child like this
would grow up like that
PS2: February 2nd is the birthday of two greatest violinists in the history, Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962) and Jascha Heifetz (1901–1987).