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Felix Mendelssohn

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String Quartet No. 1 in E Flat Major, Op. 12, MWV R 25 : Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in E Flat Major, Op. 12, MWV R 25 - II. Canzonetta: Allegretto Emerson String Quartet, Felix Mendelssohn 03:55
Piano Concerto in A minor: I. Allegro Felix Mendelssohn 13:49
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67 : Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67 - No. 2. Allegro leggiero in F Sharp Minor, MWV U 145 - "Lost Illusions" Daniel Barenboim, Felix Mendelssohn 02:08
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19 : Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19: 6. Andante sostenuto "Venetian Gondola Song" András Schiff 02:44
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, MWV N18 "Scottish" : Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, MWV N18 "Scottish" - II. Vivace non troppo London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, Felix Mendelssohn 04:04
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, MWV O 14 : Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, MWV O 14 - 1. Allegro molto appassionato Nicola Benedetti, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, James MacMillan, Felix Mendelssohn 13:01
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Allegro Felix Mendelssohn, Michael Rabin 13:32
String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80: II. Allegro Assai Classical Music Library 04:59
Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music, Op. 61, MWV M 13 : Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music, Op. 61, MWV M 13 - No. 9 Wedding March Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, Felix Mendelssohn 05:07
Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, MWV N16 "Italian" : Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, MWV N16 "Italian" - II. Andante con moto London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, Felix Mendelssohn 05:55

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Winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award at the age of 17 in 2016 changed the life of Sheku Kanneh-Mason and set him on the road to becoming one of the world's most exciting young cellists, not least for his unlikely arrangements of material like Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' and Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry'. He even became the subject of TV documentary 'Young, Gifted & Classical: The Making of a Maestro' which added to his already high profile, leading up to the release of his first recording, a three-track EP that included Casal's 'Song of the Birds', Bloch's 'Abodah' and Fauré's 'Après un Rêve'.

Born into a musical family in Nottingham, England, his first instrument was the violin but later turned to the cello. Winning a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music he was tutored by Ben Davies and spent a lot of time travelling backwards and forwards to London where Chi-chi Nwanoku, founder of the Chineke Orchestra, saw him playing a concert with his sister Isata and brother Braimah and invited them to join.

In 2015 he and his siblings entered the 'Britain's Got Talent' TV show performing as the Kanneh-Masons and, although they didn't win, Sheku gained valuable experience which stood him in good stead for the BBC Young Musician competition a year later, becoming the contest's first black winner in its 38-year history by playing Shostakovich's 'Cello Concerto No. 1'. He subsequently signed a record deal with Decca Classics on a Nottingham City transport bus which was then named after him, and went on to perform at London's Royal Albert Hall at the 2017 British Academy Film Awards.

In 2018 he performed Maria Theresia von Paradis' 'Sicilienne' and Gabriel Fauré's 'Ave Maria' at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Later in the same year he took to the stage at the Royal Variety Performance, an honour which he repeated the following year before being awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours.