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.


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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.