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Mendelssohn: String Quartets & Octet (Dig)

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz"
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
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Notes & Reviews:

The Afiara String Quartet, protégés of the Alexander String Quartet and recent Fellows in San Francisco State's renowned Morrison Chamber Music Center, make their recording debut in dynamic performances of Schubert and Mendelssohn classics. Exquisite interpretations, beautifully recorded, demonstrate why this ensemble won 2008 top honors in both Munich's ARD competition and NYC's Concert Artists Guild. Joined by their mentors, the Afiara quartet delivers a Mendelssohn Octet that has seldom sounded more festive and celebratory.

"The young award-winning Afiaras play Mendelssohn's A Minor Quartet like compassionate angels... When the Octet starts, there is both more forward motion and less volume, a hush seems to fall over the music ... By the time you're at I/1010 and all the feeling has been drenched out of you, the ensemble comforts and raises you with Mendelssohn unexpected emerging out of the gloom and into the sunlight. It's one of the great moments in all of classical music... The liner notes are wise and entertaining... In all aspects, therefore, a CD not to be missed." - Audiophile Audition

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, California (2008-09-23_2008-09-26&2008-).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, California (2008-09-23_2008-09-26&2008-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/26/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz"
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, California (2008-09-23_2008-09-26&2008-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 09/1820

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere, California (2008-09-23_2008-09-26&2008-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 10/15/1825