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Mendelssohn: String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 / Mannheimer Streichquartett

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 18
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
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Notes & Reviews:

Operating entirely in the tradition established by Mozart, Mendelssohn wrote his quintets for two violins, two violas, and one violoncello. He attached more importance to melodic and tonal developments than to the dialectical elaboration of the material. The two quintets composed at very different times convey great animation and freshness, even if the second work exhibits greater formal control and a character pointing to orchestral music.

The Guardian
The Mendelssohn bicentenary this year will doubtless generate a flood of recordings, and with luck some of them will be devoted to perhaps the most unfairly neglected area of his output, chamber music. Apart from the string quartets and piano trios, heard reasonably often in recital, there are other pieces that deserve a place in the chamber repertory, and two of them are the string quintets, Op 18 in A major, which dates from 1826, and Op 87 in B flat, from 1845. Mendelssohn writes for the Mozartian quintet with two violas rather than Schubert's two cellos, and there is a Mozartian feel to the first quintet especially, an airiness to its opening that recalls the lyricism of the Op 12 and Op 13 string quartets. The B flat Quintet is a different matter - weightier, more orchestral, and expressively more probing. It suits the austere approach of the Mannheim Quartet better than its sunnier predecessor, though both works would benefit from more light and shade.



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Jone Kaliunaite (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Mannheim String Quartet
  • Notes: Funkstudio des SWR Stuttgart (04/08/2008-04/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/31/1826

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
  • Performer: Jone Kaliunaite (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Mannheim String Quartet
  • Notes: Funkstudio des SWR Stuttgart (04/08/2008-04/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/08/1845