This first disc of the complete String Quartets ranges from the youthful No. 1, Op. 12 (actually the second of the published quartets) to the great, tragic String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80, Mendelssohn’s last major work, composed after the death of his sister.
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Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
I. Allegro vivace assai
II. Allegro assai
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12
I. Adagio non troppo - Allegro non tardante
II. Canzonetta: Allegretto - Piu mosso
III. Andante espressivo
IV. Molto allegro e vivace
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44. No. 2
I. Allegro assai appassionato
II. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
IV. Presto agitato
“The sound of this disc has an ample resonance, yet with little loss of clarity; it suits the group's generous expressive style. The deep feeling they bring to movements such as the Adagio of No 6 and the first Allegro of No 4 belies any lingering thoughts of Mendelssohn as a superficial composer.”
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