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Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 44, Nos. 1 & 2 / Cecilia String Quartet

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 44 no 2
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The three quartets of Op. 44 are the centrepiece of Felix Mendelssohn's mature string quartets. He wrote them in the years 1837-38, starting composition at the age of 28, when his fame in the international musical community was rapidly growing.

Gramophone
Pure musical joy" was how www.musicaltoronto.org welcomed the Cecilia String Quartet's 2012 debut album of music by Antonin Dvorák on the Analekta label. "Opulent sonority... rhythmically flexible, overtly Romantic approach," added The Strad. A second release, Amoroso, in 2013, featuring music by Janácek, Berg, and Webern, was applauded by Gramophone magazine for "unleashing the music's ecstasy and angst." "Great ability with dramatic narrative," added The Strad. A third release on Analekta in 2014 presented piano concertos by Mozart with pianist Karin Kei Nagano. "Mozart's musical train of thought emerges in higher relief, especially when played with the comprehension and grace of these performances.

Calgary Herald
Such music needs a first violinist of 'generous' sound, and this it had in the marvellous playing of Min-Jeong Koh. She, however, was well matched by her fellow players, and under their capable fingers the quartet soared and thrilled, filing the hall with the most exquisite sounds.

Germany Times
... the balance between expressiveness and interplay was almost dauntingly perfect, and the beauty of the tone in the plaintive melodic magic of the slow movement was simply unbeatable.

Herald Times
It came late in an Auer Hall concert by the Cecilia Quartet, as this superb foursome of women from Canada completed an exciting traversal of Beethoven's string quartets, a six-concert task shared across a time span of three weeks by four outstanding ensembles. The Cecilia had chosen the Opus 59, No. 2, to close the cycle. Its second movement is a Molto Adagio of unsurpassed sublimity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St-Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (04/2015).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1
  • Ensemble: Cecilia String Quartet
  • Running Time: 27 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 07/24/1838

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 44 no 2
  • Running Time: 24 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 06/18/1837