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

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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. He was brought up without religion until the age of seven, when he was 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, Charles-Valentin Alkan 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 antisemitism 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Songs Without Words Mendelssohn; Ginette Doyen 1
1960 A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Heather Harper, Dame Janet Baker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 2
1961 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 3 Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Leonid Kogan, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Constantin Silvestri 1
1961 Symphony no. 4 in A major, op. 90 “Italian” / Symphony no. 5 in D major, op. 107 “Reformation” Felix Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel 2
1963 Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream Felix Mendelssohn; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf 1
1973 Chöre Mendelssohn; Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Horst Neumann 3
1974 Mendelssohn: Violinkonzert / Beethoven: Romanzen Mendelssohn, Beethoven; Saschko Gawriloff 3 1
1975 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Mendelssohn; Murray Perahia, Academy of St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields, Neville Marriner 5 4
1975 Symphony No. 3 "Scotch" / Overture to "Fingal's Cave" Mendelssohn; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sergiu Comissiona 1
1977 Symphony No. 4 Op. 90 "Italian" / Overture Op. 101 "Trumpet Overture" Mendelssohn; Warsaw National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Witold Rowicki 1
1978 Symphonies No.4 & 5 Felix Mendelssohn 1
1978 Violinkonzerte Bruch, Mendelssohn; Young Uck Kim, Bamberger Symphoniker, Okko Kamu 3
1980 Piano Trios in D minor Mendelssohn, Schumann; André Previn, Kyung-Wha Chung, Paul Tortelier 2
1980 Songs Without Words Felix Mendelssohn; Ilse von Alpenheim 2
1982 Violinkonzerte Mendelssohn, Bruch; Anne‐Sophie Mutter, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 3
1982 String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 Felix Mendelssohn; Kreuzberger String Quartet 2
1982 Symphony No. 4 in A major / A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1982 Violin Concertos Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, Kyung Wha Chung 3
1982 Violin Concertos in E minor - G minor Mendelssohn, Bruch; London Symphony Orchestra, Prêtre, Ughi 1
1983 Hör mein Bitten Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; Julia Hamari, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius 1
1984 A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Philharmonia Orchestra, Neville Marriner 1
1984 Greatest Hits 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 Piano Sonata, op. 6 / Prelude & Fugue, op. 35 no. 1 / Variations sérieuses, op. 54 / Rondo capriccioso, op. 14 Mendelssohn; Murray Perahia 1
1984 Schubert: Symphonie No.8 „Unvollendete“ / Mendelssohn: Symphonie No.4 „Italienische“ Schubert, Mendelssohn; Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli 2
1984 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Mendelssohn; Yehudi Menuhin, Wilhelm Furtwängler 3
1985 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Schubert: Rosamunde Mendelssohn, Schubert; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine 1
1985 5 Symphonien / Ouvertüren Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 2
1985 Dvorak: "Dumky" Trio / Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 (1985 recording) Dvořák, Mendelssohn; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1985 Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 Mendelssohn; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, András Schiff 2
1985 Piano Trios: No. 1 in D minor / No. 2 in C minor Felix Mendelssohn; Borodin Trio 1
1985 Préludes et fugues / Sonates / Andante varié Felix Mendelssohn; Marie‐Claire Alain 1
1985 Symphonie No. 2 "Lobgesang" Felix Mendelssohn; Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus 1
1985 Symphonien no. 3 "Scottish" / no. 5 "Reformation" Felix Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 5 1
1985 Symphonien Nos. 1 & 5 "Reformation" Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1
1986 Symphonien 4 & 5 Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1
1986 String Symphonies: 9 in C minor / 10 in B minor / 12 in G minor Felix Mendelssohn; London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople 1
1986 "Italian" Symphony / Midsummer Night's Dream Felix Mendelssohn; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1986 A Midsummer Night's Dream: Complete Incidental Music Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 3
1986 Le songe d'une nuit d'été Felix Mendelssohn; Heather Harper, Dame Janet Baker 1
1986 The Soloists of Australia in Concert, Volume 1 Vivaldi, Haydn, Mendelssohn; The Soloists of Australia 1
1986 Violin Concertos Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn; Nathan Milstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 2
1987 Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 8 »Unvollendete« / Mendelssohn: Symphonie Nr. 4 »Italienische« Schubert, Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1987 A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Eva Lind, Christine Cairns, Wiener Jeunesse-Chor, Wiener Philharmoniker, André Previn 1
1987 Songs Without Words Felix Mendelssohn; Lívia Rév 2
1987 Concerti for Two Pianos Mozart, Mendelssohn; Pavel Kogan, Andrei Gavrilov, Dang Thai Shon, Moscow Chamber Orchestra 1
1987 Dvořák: String Quartet in F, op. 96 “American” / Mendelssohn: String Quartet no. 1 in E-flat, op. 12 Dvořák, Mendelssohn; Orlando Quartet 1
1987 Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violinkonzerte / Kreisler: Caprice Viennois, Liebesleid, Liebesfreud Mendelssohn, Bruch; Shlomo Mintz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 2
1987 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 Felix Mendelssohn, Max Bruch; Yehudi Menuhin, Efrem Kurtz, Walter Süsskind, Philharmonia Orchestra 3
1987 Octet / Quartet No. 2 Felix Mendelssohn; Cleveland Quartet, Meliora Quartet 1
1987 Paulus Mendelssohn; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur 1
1987 Quartet No. 2 / Octet Mendelssohn; Cleveland Quartet, Meliora Quartet 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
1987 Violin Sonatas Felix Mendelssohn; Shlomo Mintz, Paul Ostrovsky 1
1987 Weihnachtsoratorium / Vom Himmel Hoch Saint‐Saëns, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Dresdner Philharmonie, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Martin Flämig 1
1988 Ouvertüren Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1
1988 Violin Concertos Bruch, Mendelssohn; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Joshua Bell 1
1988 Concertos pour violon Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Emil Tchakarov, Augustin Dumay 1
1988 Lieder ohne Worte Mendelssohn; Daniel Barenboim 4
1988 Complete Works for Cello & Piano Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Catherine Edwards, Henrik Brendstrup 1
1988 Concertos for Piano and Violin (Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Janos Rolla, piano: Cyprien Katsaris, violin: Thomas Zehetmair) Felix Mendelssohn 1
1988 Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphonie Nr. 4 »Italienische« / Robert Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 1 »Frühlings-Symphonie« Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann; Berliner Philharmoniker, Karajan 4
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" Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Berliner Philharmoniker, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1
1988 Symphonies no. 3 and 4 Felix Mendelssohn; Münchner Symphoniker, Süddeutsche Philharmonie, Alfred Scholz 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 The Mendelssohn Collection Felix Mendelssohn; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Scholz 1
1988 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky; Takako Nishizaki, Slovak Philharmonic, Kenneth Jean 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
1989 Concerto for Violin and Piano / Violinconcerto in D minor Felix Mendelssohn; Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 5 1
1989 String Symphonies: 5 in B-flat / 7 in D minor / 8 in D Felix Mendelssohn; London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople 1
1989 Symphonien: No. 3 »Schottische · Scottish · Écossaise« / No. 4 »Italienische · Italian · Italienne« Felix Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1
1989 A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn; Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, János Kovács, Iván Fischer 1
1989 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 / Capriccio brillant Mendelssohn; Bamberger Symphoniker, Claus Peter Flor, Sergei Edelmann 1
1989 Violin Concertos Felix Mendelssohn; Max Bruch; Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gil Shaham 1
1989 Elijah (Oratorio), op. 70 Felix Mendelssohn; London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Richard Hickox 2
1989 Mendelssohn op. 2 / R. Strauss op. 13 Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss; Nora Chastain, Paul Coletti, Francis Gouton, Friedemann Rieger, Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet 1
1989 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Op. 64 / Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 26 Mendelssohn / Bruch 1
1989 Mendelssohn: Octet, op. 20 / Boccherini: Quintet in C major, op. 37 no. 7 Mendelssohn, Boccherini; Academy of St Martin in the Fields 2
1989 Psalms by Grieg and Mendelssohn Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn; Oslo Cathedral Choir, Terje Kvam, Håkan Hagegård 1
1989 String Quartets no. 1 op. 12 / no. 2 op. 13 Mendelssohn; Gabrieli String Quartet 1
1989 Symphony No. 3, Op. 56 ''Scottish'' / Ruy Blas, Op. 95 / The Hebrides, Op. 26 Mendelssohn; Slovak Philharmonic, Oliver Dohnányi 2
1990 5 Symphonies Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1990 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky; Isaac Stern, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 3 1
1990 Trios op. 49 & 66 Felix Mendelssohn; Trio de Barcelona 2
1990 Symphonien No. 3 “Schottische” / No. 4 “Italienische” Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker, James Levine 1
1990 Symphonies no. 3 "Scottish" / Symphony no. 4 "Italian" Mendelssohn; Scottish National Orchestra, Alexander Gibson, The London Philharmonic, James Lockhart 1
1990 Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 5 "Reformation" Mendelssohn; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur 1
1990 Symphony no. 3 "Scottish" / Symphony no. 4 "Italian" Mendelssohn; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1990 Symphony no. 4 "Italian" / Octet for Strings, op. 20 Mendelssohn; Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Pablo Casals 1
1990 Symphony No.3 ‘Scotch’ / Overture : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Felix Mendelssohn; Bern Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag 1
1990 Violin Concertos Max Bruch, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; Philharmonia Slavonica, Alberto Lizzio, Helena Spitkova 1
1991 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Viktoria Mullova 1
1991 Songs Without Words II Felix Mendelssohn; Péter Nagy 1

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