Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Ep. 170: Fabien On Felix (Mendelssohn, That Is)

Who was Felix Mendelssohn (and why should we care)? Conductor Fabien Gabel discusses.

Fabien Gabel
Fabien Gabel

Conductor Fabien Gabel came to Houston to conduct the Symphony in a program of pieces by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. In this episode, he gives a primer on Mendelssohn, talks about what a “Fingal’s Cave” is, and gives the world’s first audible eye roll at the use of the term “Suicide Symphony” (re: Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique). Also discussed: the difference between love and obsession with regard to Mexican food.

Music in this episode:

  • Mendelssohn, The Hebrides, Op. 26 “Fingal’s Cave,” Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Rudolf Serkin
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B Minor Op. 74, TH.30 (Pathetique), Czech Philharmonic 

Audio production by Todd “Todd’s Cave” Hulslander with Indiana Jones-ing by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio. 

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