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Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Opp. 13 & 80; Four Pieces, Op. 81 / Elias 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 : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80
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Notes & Reviews:

77 minutes of compelling string quartet music by Mendelssohn performed by a group inspired by the music.

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The searing intensity of the Elias's playing lays bare their shock value (of these Quartets) ... Twenty years separate the two quartets, and what a distance he travelled in that time. Yet Op.13 was already an extraordinarily confident piece .. In the Elias's reading there is a wonderful story-telling aspect to the Intermezzo ... in the remarkable Quartet #6 Op.80 the Elias clearly have four powerful personalities at work - how much more they bring out the heart-stopping melodies that seem to flow so effortlessly - apt given that he wrote it in the wake of his sister Fanny's death ... melodies in such movements as the gentle, consolatory theme that opens the slow movement of the Sixth, or the second of the Four Pieces (Op.81).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2006).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
  • Ensemble: Elias String Quartet
  • Running Time: 30 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/26/1827

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Pieces (4) for string quartet, Op. 81
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1827-1847

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80
  • Running Time: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 09/1847