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It is being discussed if the surname should be just "Mendelssohn" (common in English) or "Mendelssohn Bartholdy" (common in German) (1,2,3,4).

Exhaustive list of works (in French): http://infopuq.uquebec.ca/~uss1010/catal/mendelssohn/menf.html

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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (German: [ˈjaːkɔp ˈluːtvɪç ˈfeːlɪks ˈmɛndl̩szoːn baʁˈtɔldi]; 3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. Although initially he was raised without religion, he was later baptised as a Reformed Christian. Mendelssohn was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his talent.

Mendelssohn enjoyed early success in Germany, where he also revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and in his travels throughout Europe. He was particularly well received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist, and his ten visits there – during which many of his major works were premiered – form an important part of his adult career. His essentially conservative musical tastes, however, set him apart from many of his more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz. The Leipzig Conservatoire (now the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig), which he founded, became a bastion of this anti-radical outlook.

Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. His Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and anti-Semitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality has now been recognised and re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1960 A Midsummer Night's Dream (Philharmonia Orchestra, feat. conductor: Otto Klemperer) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1973 Chöre (Rundfunkorchester Leipzig feat. conductor: Horst Neumann) Felix Mendelssohn 3
1974 Mendelssohn: Violinkonzert / Beethoven: Romanzen Mendelssohn, Beethoven; Saschko Gawriloff 1
1975 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields feat. conductor: Neville Marriner, piano: Murray Perahia) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1978 Symphonies No.4 & 5 Felix Mendelssohn 1
1978 Violinkonzerte Bruch, Mendelssohn; Young Uck Kim, Bamberger Symphoniker, Okko Kamu 2
1980 Songs Without Words (feat. piano: Ilse von Alpenheim) Felix Mendelssohn 2
1982 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn, Bruch; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker 2
1982 String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 (Kreuzberger String Quartet) Felix Mendelssohn 2
1982 Symphony No. 4 in A Major / A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cleveland Orchestra feat. conductor: George Szell) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1983 Frieder Bernius, Kammerchor Stuttgart Felix Mendelssohn 1
1984 A Midsummer Night's Dream (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Sir Neville Marriner) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1984 Greatest Hits Felix Mendelssohn 1
1984 Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata Op. 6 - Prelude & Fugue Op. 35 No. 1 - Variations sérieuses Op. 54 - Rondo capriccioso Op. 14 Felix Mendelssohn 1
1984 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor / Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Mendelssohn, Bruch; Itzhak Perlman, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 2
1984 Motets & Psaumes Mendelssohn; La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe 1
1984 Schubert: Symphonie No.8 „Unvollendete“ / Mendelssohn: Symphonie No.4 „Italienische“ Schubert, Mendelssohn; Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli 2
1985 5 Symphonien / Ouvertüren Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 2
1985 Dvorak: "Dumky" Trio / Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.1 Dvořák, Mendelssohn; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1985 Piano Trios No. 1 in D Minor No. 2 in C Minor (Borodin Trio) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1985 Préludes et fugues / Sonates / Andante varié (orgue: Marie-Claire Alain) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1985 Symphonien no. 3 "Scottish" / no. 5 "Reformation" Felix Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 5 1
1986 Symphonien 4 & 5 Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1
1986 A Midsummer Night's Dream (London Symphony Orchestra and Finchley Children's Music Group feat. conductor: André Previn) Felix Mendelssohn 2
1986 Le songe d'une nuit d'été (feat. Heather Harper & Janet Baker) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1987 Schubert: Symphony no. 8 "Unfinished" / Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 4 "Italian" Schubert, Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1987 A Midsummer Night's Dream (Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: André Previn) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1987 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Felix Mendelssohn; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Murray Perahia 1
1987 Songs Without Words Felix Mendelssohn; Lívia Rév 2
1987 Mendelssohn Octet and Quintet Felix Mendelssohn 1
1987 Concertos for Two Pianos and Orchestra Mozart, Mendelssohn; Pavel Kogan, Andrei Gavrilov, Dang Thai Shon 1
1987 Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violinkonzerte / Kreisler: Caprice Viennois, Liebesleid, Liebesfreud Mendelssohn, Bruch; Shlomo Mintz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 2
1987 Paulus (Rundfunk- und Gewandhausorchester Leipzig feat. conductor: Kurt Masur) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1987 Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13 Octet in E flat Major, Op. 20 (Cleveland Quartet, Meliora Quartet) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1987 Saint-Saens: Weihnachtsoratorium / Mendelssohn: "Vom Himmel hoch" (Dresdner Kreuzchor & Dresdner Philharmonie feat. conductor: Martin Flämig) Saint-Saëns / Mendelssohn 1
1987 Symphony No. 4 "Italian" / A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Slovak Philharmonic, Anthony Bramall 3
1987 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Mendelssohn; Uto Ughi, London Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Georges Prêtre 1
1988 Violin Concertos Bruch, Mendelssohn; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Joshua Bell 1
1988 Concertos pour violon (Augustin Dumay, London Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor: Emil Tchakarov) Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn 1
1988 Lieder ohne Worte Mendelssohn; Daniel Barenboim 3
1988 Concertos for Piano and Violin (Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Janos Rolla, piano: Cyprien Katsaris, violin: Thomas Zehetmair) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1988 Mendelssohn Octet / Beethoven Septet Mendelssohn / Beethoven 1
1988 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Saint-Saëns: Havanaise / Introduction and Rondo capriccioso / Massenet: Meditation from 'Thais' Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Massenet; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, New York Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1988 Sinfonie No.2 B-Dur, op. 52 "Lobgesang" (W. Sawallisch & Berliner Philharmoniker) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1988 Symphony No. 3 'Scottish', Die Erste Walpurgisnacht Felix Mendelssohn ; The Cleveland Orchestra , Christoph von Dohnányi 1
1988 Symphony No.3 ('Scottish') / The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) / A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture and incidental music) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1988 Tchaikovsky: Trio Op. 50 / Mendelssohn: Trio Op. 49 Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn; Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky 2
1988 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky; Takako Nishizaki 3
1988 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn, Bruch, Schubert; Nigel Kennedy, Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1988 Violin Concertos (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Adrian Boult, violin: Yehudi Menuhin) Mendelssohn, Bruch; Yehudi Menuhin 1

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