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Mendelssohn: Complete Chamber Music for Strings, Vol. 4 - String Quintets (2); Movements (2) for string quintet, Op. 81, posthumous / Gunter Teuffel, viola

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 18
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81 no 3
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fugue for string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81/4
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Notes & Reviews:

This fourth volume brings to a close audite's complete recording of Felix Mendelssohn's Chamber Music for Strings with the Mandelring Quartet. Mendelssohn's two string quintets often overlooked in comparison with the substantial body of eight works for string quartet and the Octet, can now be seen as significant compositions. The two single movements for string quartet from the Op. 81 posthumous collection of Four Pieces for String Quartet complete this recording series.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Quintet 1 bears the opus number 18. This quintet is rarely performed, possibly because it is eclipsed by the monumental Octet. It is mature, yet youthful in its exuberance. As the notes tell us, Mendelssohn here is "paying tribute to Mozart in tone-color. Quintet 2 was composed almost 20 years later, and it is full-blown romanticism. It opens with a heroic theme over tremolos, and almost never loses steam. Even III, Adagio, takes full advantage of the five instruments to produce a full-bodied, broad sound. IV sounds almost orchestral. The Pieces for Quartet, Op. 81 are charming minor works discovered and published after the composer's death.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Klingenmünster (2011-04-11_2011-04-12&2012-).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Gunther Teuffel (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Mandelring Quaartett
  • Notes: Klingenmünster (2011-04-11_2011-04-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/31/1826

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quintet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
  • Performer: Gunther Teuffel (Viola)
  • Notes: Klingenmünster (2011-04-11_2011-04-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/08/1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81 no 3
  • Notes: Klingenmünster (2011-04-11_2011-04-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/05/1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Fugue for string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81/4
  • Notes: Klingenmünster (2011-04-11_2011-04-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/01/1827