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Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos 2, Op. 13 & 3, Op. 44/1; Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 / Escher String Quartet

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Pieces (4) for String Quartet, Op. 81
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Scherzo for string quartet in A minor, Op. 81/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1
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Notes & Reviews:

In 1827, when writing his Quartet in A minor, Op.13, the 18-year-old Felix Mendelssohn was especially interested in Beethoven's late quartets - at a time when these works were generally written off as 'confused fantasies of a deaf musician'. Mendelssohn's debt to Beethoven is evident in the important role of polyphonic techniques, particularly in the focus on cyclical connections between movements. Ten years on, Mendelssohn composed the three quartets, Op. 44, the D major quartet that closes the present disc the last of these to be completed; on publication, however, Mendelssohn placed it first in the set. Besides the seven complete quartets, Mendelssohn also wrote four individual string quartet movements. These were gathered together and published posthumously as op. 81, and on this second volume of their complete Mendelssohn cycle the Escher Quartet perform two of these pieces, both conceived in August 1847, shortly before the composer's death.

Sunday Times, 6th September 2015
The brilliant young Escher String Quartet offer richly nuanced, expressive and dramatic performance.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
This young American group respond particularly vividly to the ebullience of the D major Quartet... digging into the upward arpeggio with which it launches with infectious glee, while the first movement's coda is uproariously dispatched. Also impressive is their combination of finely honed interaction and a sense of playfulness.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
The Eschers offer eloquent, full-blooded playing, with spacious tempos, earthy rhythms and rich, dug-in sound. Nothing is rushed or skittered over - and this is notably rewarding in music where an over-precious surface can risk missing the point... the four players offer a beautiful blend of individuality and accord, and BIS's famous SACD sound quality lets them gleam and glow.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/2014).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
  • Ensemble: Escher String Quartet
  • Running Time: 30 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/26/1827

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Pieces (4) for String Quartet, Op. 81
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 08/1847

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Scherzo for string quartet in A minor, Op. 81/2
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 08/1847

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1
  • Running Time: 30 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 07/24/1838