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Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Vol. 2

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81 no 3
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fugue for string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81/4
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3
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Notes & Reviews:

The New Zealand String Quartet's first Naxos recording of Mendelssohn's string quartets was praised as "an auspicious start" by Gramophone and "opulently recorded" by Classic FM magazine. Its warmly affectionate accounts continue with this second of three volumes, including Mendelssohn's posthumously published 'Capriccio and Fugue in E minor' which display his polished mastery of counterpoint. The composer's respect for Beethoven is evident in both the quartets on this disc, although in his marriage of Classical style and Romantic impulse, Mendelssohn's vivacious brilliance and lyrical gifts are never overshadowed.

”In a very competitive field, which includes the first-choice Emerson Pacifica Quartets, and as alternate picks, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Talich, and Leipzig Quartets, the New Zealand Quartet more than holds it’s own. First Violinist Helene Pohl’s sweet tone ingratiates without turning saccharine or cloying: and the ensemble’s intonation, complimentary phrasing, and tonal balance are noteworthy.Whether you’re on a budget or not, if you’re in the market for some exceptionally fine Mendelssohn string quartet playing, this Naxos disc is a winner. Strongly recommended.”-Fanfare



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81 no 3
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/27/2007-07/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/05/1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/27/2007-07/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/26/1827

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fugue for string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81/4
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/27/2007-07/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/01/1827

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/27/2007-07/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 02/06/1838