With Donald Macleod.

2/5. Siblings and Songs

In the 1820s, the Mendelssohn household was a hive of conversational, intellectual and creative activity. Felix and his siblings, Fanny, Rebecka and Paul, shared a happy childhood. Donald Macleod looks at the impact this closeness had on Mendelssohn's compositions.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - overture

Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century

Frans Brüggen (director)

Fanny Mendelssohn: When I look into your eyes

Sophie Daneman (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo)

Eugene Asti (piano)

Neue Liebe

Barbara Bonney (soprano)

Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Songs without Words (excerpts)

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Cello Sonata No 2

Steven Isserlis (cello)

Melvyn Tan (fortepiano)


With Donald Macleod.

3/5. The Composer's Voice: Private Passions

Away from the family home, Mendelssohn took inspiration for his music from women, wine and the wild wonder of Fingal?s Cave. With a strong romantic spirit, he composed works of great passion, often in the intimate world of chamber music.

Rondo Capriccioso, Op 14

Murray Perahia (piano)

Hebrides Overture, Op 26

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Joseph Swensen

Ersatz für Unbestand

Lob der Trunkenheit

Die Singphoniker

Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 49

Isaac Stern (violin)

Leonard Rose (cello)

Eugene Istomin (piano)


With Donald Macleod.

4: Revivals, Revisions and Religion

Throughout his life Mendelssohn championed the music of his predecessors, including a remarkable revival of Bach's St Matthew Passion in 1829. Donald Macleod investigates this driving force, as well as Mendelssohn's obsessive revisions of his own compositions.

O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross (Bach: St Matthew Passion, arr. Mendelssohn)

Chorus Musicus

Das Neue Orchester

Christoph Spering (conductor)

Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op 35

Benjamin Frith (piano)

Symphony No 4 (Italian)

(Revised 1834 version with first movement from original version)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Thanks be to God! (Elijah)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

David Jones (chorus master)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Paul Daniel (conductor)