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Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6 / The Escher String Quartet

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3
>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:

This new release is the final disc in the Escher String Quartet's traversal of Mendelssohn's string quartets. The Strad called the first installment "A deeply rewarding release... and by any standards a distinguished one." Later the same magazine made the sequel its recommendation in the November issue of 2015. Mendelssohn's final quartets, Nos 5 and 6, are featured here alongside his Capriccio and Fugue. The Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 was a special work in the composer's eyes. The work was written in response to the unexpected death of his beloved sister, Fanny. The piece was published posthumously, as Mendelssohn suffered a number of strokes and died a month after premiering the piece.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (05/2015).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3
  • Ensemble: The Escher String Quartet
  • Running Time: 34 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 02/06/1838

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Pieces (4) for string quartet, Op. 81
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1827-1847

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