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February 3, 2009

Mendelssohn's 200th Birthday

Today is the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn. Even after 200 years, new Mendelssohn works are still popping up, and we'll take you to a concert in New York City featuring several world premieres of his music. Plus, host Fred Child talks with pianist Wu Han and Mendelssohn biographer Larry Todd about the life and music of this great composer.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Felix Mendelssohn
    "Happy and Blessed are They," from "St. Paul"
    Voices of Ascension with conductor Dennis Keene
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    "Songs Without Words" Nos. 1, 2, and 4
    Pianist Wu Han
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • Edvard Grieg
    Pianist Edvard Grieg
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Symphony No. 3, Op. 56 ("Scottish")
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Sir Neville Marriner
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

hour 2

  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Third and Fourth Movements from String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80
    The Pacifica Quartet
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Scherzo from Octet in E-flat, Op. 20
    Musicians from Marlboro
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
    The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Andre Previn
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Scherzo from Trio No. 2 in D Minor
    Trio con Brio Copenhagen
    Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland, Oregon
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Fugue No. 12, from Twelve Fugues for String Quartet
    The Shanghai Quartet
    Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Presto Agitato in B Minor for Piano
    Pianist Anna Polonsky
    Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Intermezzo from String Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 13
    The Juilliard String Quartet
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    "How Lovely Are the Messengers"
    The St. Olaf College Orchestra and Choirs with conductor John Ferguson
    Skoglund Auditorium, Northfield, Minnesota
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