Tom Service, Louise Fryer and studio guests including writer and broadcaster Judith Chernaik and conductor Ben Parry reassess Mendelssohn's reputation and legacy 200 years after his birth, asking what lies behind our tendency to underrate him?
Conductors Riccardo Chailly and Christopher Hogwood give their thoughts about the composer and what his music means to them, and pianist Roberto Prosseda talks about the recently reconstructed third piano concerto which offers some insights into the compositional direction Mendelssohn might have taken were it not for his untimely death.
And Tom goes in search of the truth behind the recent stories about the composer's infatuation with the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind, while the programme also hears from some of the 100 choirs around the UK singing Mendelssohn's O for the Wings of a Dove.
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Louise Fryer discusses Radio 3's newly commissioned collection of Songs Without Words with the pianist who recorded them, Andrew Zolinsky. The works were composed by Anna Meredith, James Olsen, Emily Hall, Lloyd Moore, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Vlad Maistorovici.
Radio 3's newly commissioned Songs Without Words from six contemporary composers.
Rob Cowan presents some of his favourite Mendelssohn recordings, including songs with and without words, from some of the great performers of the past.
Rob Cowan with classic recordings of Mendelssohn songs, plus orchestral and chamber music.
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Louise Fryer explores the legacy of Mendelssohn's chamber music, ranging from his Piano Quartet, Op 1, written while he was still a child prodigy, to his second String Quintet, composed just a couple of years prior to his death.
Performers include former Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Royal String Quartet, Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz and the Henschel Quartet, whose award-winning Mendelssohn recordings have drawn critical praise.
Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op 1
Krysia Osotowicz (piano)
Timothy Boulton (viola)
Richard Lester (cello)
Susan Tomes (piano)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 5 in E Flat, Op 44, No 3
The Henschel Quartet
Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F minor, Op 4
Shlomo Mintz (violin)
Paul Ostrovsky (piano)
Mendelssohn: String Quintet No 2 in B flat, Op 87
The Royal String Quartet.
Louise Fryer presents Mendelssohn chamber music, including his Piano Quartet, Op 1.
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Louise Fryer explores Mendelssohn's chamber music, including his popular Octet, Op 20, written at the age of just 16. A work widely recognised as his first masterpiece, the recording is the winner of CD Review's Building a Library survey.
The programme also includes the young Kungsbacka Trio, former Radio 3 New Generation Artists, performing Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor, one of his most successful chamber works. A darker note is struck by the composer's final String Quartet, often interpreted as a response to the death of his beloved sister Fanny, and which was written in the final months of his own life.
Cello Sonata No 1 in B flat, Op 45
Steven Isserlis (cello)
Melvyn Tan (fortepiano)
Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 49
The Kungsbacka Trio
String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80
The Elias String Quartet
Octet, Op 20
The Psophos Quartet
The Royal Quartet.
Louise Fryer presents Mendelssohn chamber music including the popular Octet.