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Praised by Gramophone for the “deep feeling” of its playing on Volume 1 (8570001) the New Zealand String Quartet here completes its recording of all the Mendelssohn Quartets.
The composer’s first essay in the form, a strikingly accomplished work by a fourteen year- old, is presented alongside his personal favourite, the D major, Op. 44, No. 1.
This last of the three Op. 44 Quartets to be written is notable for its suave Minuet and a particularly expressive Andante. In the Op. 81 Theme and Variations and Scherzo from the last year of his life melancholy and magic meet in typical Mendelssohnian manner.
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44, No. 1
I. Molto allegro vivace
II. Menuetto: Un poco allegretto
III. Andante espressivo con moto
IV. Presto con brio
Felix Mendelssohn: Andante sostenuto and Variations in E major, Op. 81, No. 1
Andante sostenuto and Variations in E major, Op. 81, No. 1
Felix Mendelssohn: Scherzo in A minor, Op. 81, No. 2
Scherzo in A minor, Op. 81, No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat major
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo
30th May 2010
“The New Zealand String Quartet completes its impressive Mendelssohn recordings for Naxos back at the beginning with this Opus "0" work, played with the same style and devotion it brings to the maturer Quartet in D major, Op 44, No 1. Such warm, intelligent playing makes this three-volume series one to recommend.”