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Mendelsson: String Quartets Vol. 1, nos 2 & 6 / Minguet Quartett

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80
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Notes & Reviews:

Mendelssohn composed his Twelve Fugues for String Quartet already at the age of twelve, and his first complete quartet, the String Quartet in E flat major, followed a mere two years later. His second quartet, heard on our Vol. 1, is regarded as the first high point in his oeuvre. He composed it during 1827, the year of Beethoven's death, and in it quite clearly drew on the tone and formal structures from the late composer's String Quartet op. 132 without becoming his epigone. Mendelssohn's last quartet, the highly expressive String Quartet in F minor op. 80, tells of his grief at the death of his sister. It also displays a turning away from the classical stylistic ideal and its difficult thematic elaboration.

"The Cologne-based Minguet Quartet offers electrifying, sweepingly passionate performances of these two emotion-packed compositions for this CPO album. Each member possesses a decisively meticulous technique which is mirrored in the precise intonation, detailed articulation, and seamless interplay heard throughout the disc. An almost electric vibrance of the inner voices propels the fast movements forward, and careful control of pacing and poignancy of tone allow listeners to savor the emotional impact of the slow movements. CPO's sound is punchy and responsive, capturing the broad dynamics, myriad colors, and forcefully present tone of the Minguet Quartet." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Cologne, Germany (07/01/2009-07/04/2009).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
  • Ensemble: Minguet Quartett
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Cologne, Germany (07/01/2009-07/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/26/1827

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Cologne, Germany (07/01/2009-07/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 09/1847