Ebu Mendelssohn Day



Andrew Mcgregor and Sarah Walker present a day of concerts from the European Broadcasting Union, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn's birth.

Featuring Nikolaj Znaider playing the Violin Concerto in E minor; two concerts from St Thomas's Church, Leipzig, where Mendelssohn first gave a concert of Bach's music in 1840; songs with and without words performed at Wigmore Hall, London, by Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Llyr Williams (piano); and two of Mendelssohn's string quartets performed by the Gewandhaus Quartet from the Mendelssohn Hall in the Gewandhaus, Leipzig.

Throughout the day, Sarah shares her experience of a recent trip to Leipzig, where she visited several of the places closely associated with Mendelssohn's life and work in Germany.


  • ailish tynan (soprano)
  • bach: fugue in e flat, bwv 552, no 2; schmucke dich, o liebe seele, bwv 654 (achtzehn chorale von verschiedener art); prelude and fugue in a minor, bwv 543; passacaglia in c minor, bwv 582; pastorale in f, bwv 590; toccata in d minor, bwv 565
  • christian ockert (double bass).

    european broadcasting union concerts to mark 200 years since mendelssohn's birth

  • concert 1 - from konzerthaus, berlin
  • concert 2 - from st thomas's church, leipzig
  • concert 3 - from wigmore hall, london
  • concert 4 - from st thomas's church, leipzig
  • concert 5 - from mendelsshon hall, gewandhaus, leipzig
  • concert 6 - from nikolaisaal, potsdam
  • concert 7 - from mendelssohn house, leipzig
  • dresden staatskapelle
  • georg christoph biller (director/conductor)


  • gewandhaus quartet
  • gewandhaus quartet


  • leipzig gewandhaus orchestra
  • llyr williams (piano)


  • llyr williams (piano)

    mendelssohn: lieder ohne worte (songs without words), op 62, no 6; op 67, nos 4 and 5; op 85, no 4; op 102, nos 5 and 6

  • llyr williams (piano)

    mendelssohn: neue liebe, op 19a, no 4; die liebende schreibt, op 86, no 3; suleika, op 34, no 4

  • llyr williams (piano)

    mendelssohn: suleika, op 57, no 3; der blumenstrauss, op 47, no 5; wenn sich zwei herzen scheiden, op 99, no 5; auf flugeln des gesanges, op 34, no 2

  • lutoslawski: overture for strings
  • margarita hohenrieder (piano)
  • mendelssohn: allegro in d minor, as 'free fantasy'
  • mendelssohn: lieder ohne worte (songs without words), op 19, nos 1, 3, 4 and 5; op 30, no 6; op 38, no 3
  • mendelssohn: organ sonata in c minor, op 65, no 2 (excerpts); richte mich, gott, psalm 43, motet for eight-part chorus, op 78, no 2; denn er hat seinen engeln befohlen uber dir, for eight-part chorus (psalm 91); singet dem herrn ein neues lied, (psalm 98) for soloists, eight-part chorus and orchestra, op 91; wie der hirsch schreit (psalm 42) for soloists, four-part chorus and orchestra, op 42; verlich uns frieden gnadiglich, choral cantata for four-part chorus and orchestra
  • mendelssohn: overture (the hebrides - fingal's cave, op 26); concerto in e minor for violin and orchestra, op 64; symphony no 4 in a (italian), op 90
  • mendelssohn: piano sextet in d, op 110; abegg variations, op 1; andante (tema con variazioni) in e and scherzo in a minor for string quartet, op 81, nos 1 and 2
  • mendelssohn: postlude in d for organ in d (1831) - played in e flat
  • mendelssohn: string quartet in e flat, op 12; string quartet in f minor, op 80
  • michael sanderling (conductor)


  • michael sanderling (conductor)

    mendelssohn (arr.

    siegfried matthus): leise zieht durch mein gemut (12 lieder for high voice and orchestra)

  • motet choir of st thomas's choir
  • nikolaj znaider (conductor/violin)


  • potsdam kammerakademie
  • ruth ziesak (soprano)
  • ullrich bohme (organ)
  • ullrich bohme (organ)