Mendelssohn is one of the world's best-loved composers. His greatest music The Hebrides, the Violin Concerto, the Italian
Symphony is a cornerstone of the classical repertoire, while the Wedding March
from his incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
has been the soundtrack to the happiest moments of millions of lives. The most astonishing child genius in the history of music, Mendelssohn was also an international celebrity, his company sought by the leading figures of his time, from Goethe to Queen Victoria. Widely regarded, in the last years of his tragically short life, as the world's greatest living composer, Mendelssohn has survived the assaults of such powerful detractors as Wagner, George Bernard Shaw and the cultural ideologues of Nazi Germany to remain, today as for his contemporaries, the creator of some of the freshest and most inspiring music ever written.
Contains 2 CDs of music spanning Mendelssohn's career
Free access to a dedicated website with hours of extra music
Part of the affordable Life and Music series from Naxos Books, utilizing both traditional and new media
Released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth in 1809