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Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets / Pacifica Quartet

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  1. Mendelssohn — String Quartet In e Flat Major: I. Allegro Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mendelssohn — String Quartet In e Flat Major: II. Adagio Non Troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mendelssohn — String Quartet In e Flat Major: III. Minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mendelssohn — String Quartet In e Flat Major: IV. Fuga $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 1 In e Flat Major, Op. 12 : I. Adagio Non Troppo: Allegro Non Tardante $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 1 In e Flat Major, Op. 12 : II. Canzonetta: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 1 In e Flat Major, Op. 12 : III. Andante Espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 1 In e Flat Major, Op. 12 : IV. Molto Allegro e Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 6 In F Minor, Op. 80: I. Allegro Vivace Assai $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 6 In F Minor, Op. 80: II. Allegro Assai $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 6 In F Minor, Op. 80: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 6 In F Minor, Op. 80: IV. Finale: Allegro Molto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 2 In a Minor, Op. 13 : I. Adagio: Allegro Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 2 In a Minor, Op. 13 : II. Adagio Non Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 2 In a Minor, Op. 13 : III. Intermezzo: Allegro Con Moto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 2 In a Minor, Op. 13 : IV. Presto
  17. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 3 In D Major, Op. 44, No. 1 : I. Molto Allegro Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 3 In D Major, Op. 44, No. 1 : II. Menuetto: Un Poco Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 3 In D Major, Op. 44, No. 1 : III. Andante Espressivo Ma Con Moto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 3 In D Major, Op. 44, No. 1 : IV. Presto Con Brio $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 4 In e Minor, Op. 44. No. 2: I. Allegro Assai Appassionato
  22. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 4 In e Minor, Op. 44. No. 2: II. Scherzo: Allegro Di Molto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 4 In e Minor, Op. 44. No. 2: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 4 In e Minor, Op. 44. No. 2: IV. Presto Agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 5 In e Flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3 : I. Allegro Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 5 In e Flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3 : II. Scherzo: Assai Leggiero Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 5 In e Flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3 : III. Adagio Non Troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Mendelssohn — String Quartet No. 5 In e Flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3 : IV. Molto Allegro Con Fuoco $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Mendelssohn — Andante In e Major, Op. 81, No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Mendelssohn — Scherzo In a Minor, Op. 81, No. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Mendelssohn — Capriccio In e Minor, Op. 81, No. 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Mendelssohn — Fugue In e Flat Major, Op. 81, No. 4 $0.99 on iTunes

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