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Mendelssohn: String Quintets, Opp. 87 & 18 / Leipsig Quartet, Barbara Buntrock, viola

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

Album Summary

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

When the Leipzig String Quartet takes on Mendelssohn's string quintets, the atmosphere is electrifying. Mendelssohn's late quintet shows that this composer at was the height of his creative power. Composed around the time he was working on the oratorio Elias, it is a unique chamber work full of orchestral drama.

And the Leipzig musicians, joined by Barbara Buntrock, insist on savoring all the dynamic extremes, taking instrument and instrumentalist to their physical limits.

In Mendelssohn the Leipzig musicians are in their element: sovereign instrumental command, consummate sound design, and precision teamwork perfected in detail offer a dynamic listening experience in a special class of its own.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
The Intermezzo of the First is a good example of the Leipzig's approach, thoroughly involving, bringing out the quiet rhetoric of Mendelssohn's writing so it absolutely registers but never feels overdone...Time and again the Leipzig subtly demonstrate the emotional impact of this quintet.

The Guardian, 3rd May 2013
The Leipzig performances of both quintets are certainly not short on accuracy and panache, but in the earlier work especially they are a little light on grace and charm.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The Leipzig Quartet plays with a warm sound, and their recording is clear and interpretation poetic. Their recorded sonority and style is smoother than Archibudeli. I am glad to have the Leipzig recording. It is a fine interpretation of two really lovely pieces that should be heard more often.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/25/2013-01/27/2013).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
  • Performer: Barbara Buntrock (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Leipzig String Quartet
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/25/2013-01/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/08/1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Barbara Buntrock (Viola)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/25/2013-01/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/31/1826