Feix Mendelssohn - 5 Symphonies - 7 Overtures As Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Conducted by Claudio Abbado
We have listened to the magnificent strains of this incredible music more times than we could possibly remember. Whenever the world seems to be conspiring to get us down, whenever our spirits need fuel, we play this music, for it never loses its beauty or grandeur and always acts to remind us of what is possible and can be achieved on Earth.
Mendelssohn, a German and Jewish composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period, was born in 1809 and died in 1847 at the age of only 38. We believe, however, that his works will live as long as people are capable of appreciating the majesty of music.
Banned by the German Nazis in the 1930s', Mendelssohn's music contained a special power for the Jews: his song Elijah, in particular, with its theme of an oppressed race remaining faithful to their God no matter what, was a favorite for the Terezin concentration camp inmates to sing back and forth to one another.
We've placed our favorite selection - the last half of Allegro vivacissimo - allegro maestoso assai - at the top of the list, and then proceeded through the four CDs from top to bottom from that point on. If you enjoy this music half as much as we do, you are in for a treat - for this is the best music ever made.
Mendelssohn - 5 Symphonies - 7 Overtures
Our Favorite: Allegro vivacissimo - allegro maestoso assai