Mendelssohn - String Quartets Volume 2

Naxos: 8570002

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Mendelssohn - String Quartets Volume 2

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570002
(8.570002)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st Sept 2009

Barcode:

0747313000272

Length:

77 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Mendelssohn - String Quartets Volume 2


Mendelssohn:

Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81 No. 3

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Fugue in E flat major, Op. 81 No. 4

String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 No. 3


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The New Zealand String Quartet’s first Naxos recording of Mendelssohn’s string quartets (8570001) was praised as “opulently recorded” by Classic FM Magazine.

Its warmly affectionate accounts continue with this second of three volumes, including Mendelssohn’s posthumously published Capriccio and Fugue in E minor which display his polished mastery of counterpoint.

The composer’s respect for Beethoven is evident in both the quartets on this disc, although in his marriage of Classical style and Romantic impulse, Mendelssohn’s vivacious brilliance and lyrical gifts are never overshadowed.

Felix Mendelssohn: Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81, No. 3

Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81, No. 3

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

I. Adagio

II. Adagio non lento

III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto

IV. Presto

Felix Mendelssohn: Fugue in E flat major, Op. 81, No. 4

Fugue in E flat major, Op. 81, No. 4

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 44, No. 3

I. Allegro vivace

II. Scherzo: Assai leggiero vivace

III. Adagio non troppo

IV. Molto Allegro con fuoco

Gramophone Magazine

November 2009

“The New Zealand Quartet clearly love this music, and their strong sense of internal balance allows them to bring out many telling details that often go unnoticed…”

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