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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
II. Adagio non lento
III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto
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
“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…”