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Mendelssohn: Quartet Op. Post. 80; Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 135 / Jupiter String Quartet

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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
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One of America's finest quartets, the Jupiters have been fortunate to receive many chamber music honors, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, membership in Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, and Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award, which "honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career." The quartet also won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International auditions and now holds YCA's Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair. Most recently, they were honored to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

”With but few exceptions, almost every new release I’ve received by a recently formed string quartet comprised of young 20- and early-30-somethings has impressed me even more than the one before it. And the Boston-based Jupiter String Quartet, formed in 2001, is no exception. Or, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that they are in fact the exception in that they are so exceptional as to exhaust my inventory of encomiums. This is playing almost too good to be true. If not for some of the striking and unusual interpretive points the Jupiter makes in these scores, especially the Beethoven, it might not take too much to convince me that such perfection was achievable only by non human means. For my money, the Jupiter Quartet and this CD deserve to win the chamber music record-of-the-year award.”-Fanfare



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80
  • Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (08/30/2008-09/01/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 09/1847

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
  • Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (08/30/2008-09/01/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826