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Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets / Pacifica Quartet

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> String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44. No. 2 - I. Allegro assai appassionato
> String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44. No. 2 - II. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
> String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44. No. 2 - III. Andante
> String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44. No. 2 - IV. Presto agitato
> String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 44, No. 3 - I. Allegro vivace
> String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 44, No. 3 - II. Scherzo: Assai leggiero vivace
> String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 44, No. 3 - III. Adagio non troppo
> String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 44, No. 3 - IV. Molto Allegro con fuoco
> Andante sostenuto and Variations in E major, Op. 81, No. 1 - Andante in E major, Op. 81, No. 1
> Scherzo in A minor, Op. 81, No. 2 - Scherzo in A minor, Op. 81, No. 2
> Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81, No. 3 - Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81, No. 3
> Fugue in E flat major, Op. 81, No. 4 - Fugue in E flat major, Op. 81, No. 4

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings in E flat major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
>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
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Pieces (4) for string quartet, Op. 81
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Notes & Reviews:

One of today's most dynamic and exciting ensembles, the Pacifica Quartet Celebrates its 10th anniversary with a three CD set of Mendelssohn's Complete String Quartet cycle. Known for its 'stunningly expressive performances' (The Guardian) and 'ideal bounce' (Washington Post), the youthful Pacifica is a perfect match for this early Romantic composer's exuberant chamber music.

"The Pacifica quartet, a busy multi-national group from the United States, has made one of the finest recordings available of these beautiful quartets... Vivid and fresh, technically faultless, full of spirit and soul, it is irresistible playing." -1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die

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There are no weak spots among the quartets; Mendelssohn moves from strength to strength. That the two first numbered quartets are the most popular is not surprising for a composer who wrote some of his finest music before he turned twenty. Just the slow movements of either of these quartets alone are a chamber music dream. Also liable to become dreamy when played with too little energy.



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings in E flat major
  • Running Time: 24 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: circa 03/05/1823

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12
  • Running Time: 23 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/14/1829

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80
  • Running Time: 25 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 09/1847

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13
  • Running Time: 30 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/26/1827

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1
  • Running Time: 28 min. 1 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: 26 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 06/18/1837

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3
  • Running Time: 29 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 02/06/1838

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Pieces (4) for string quartet, Op. 81
  • Running Time: 21 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1827-1847