I absolutely adore Mendelssohn's work....from the early string symphonies and his youthful E Minor Fugue, Octet, & Overture to a Midsummer's Night Dream to his oratorios St Paulus & Elijah & the Reformation Symphony. His natural ability in the creation of beautiful cantabile melodies and light, almost transparent textures manifested itself early in his youth. Apart from Pergolesi, Mozart, Chopin, & Saint-Saens, he was the greatest youthful prodigy in music. His mastery of contrapuntal techniques and learnedness in all fields of music lent his later work great power and significance. Only Chopin & Berlioz were his equals in polyphonic skill during his generation. His underlying sense of formal structure never fails him; in other words, his sense of form was never defective. Indeed, he was one of the most talented musicians of his generation, surpassing even Liszt in terms of intellect.