Mendelssohn - String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2

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Mendelssohn - String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2

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8570488
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1

Release date:

28th April 2008

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0747313048878

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70 minutes

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Mendelssohn - String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2


Mendelssohn:

String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18

String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87


Danilo Rossi (viola)

Fine Arts Quartet

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Mendelssohn’s musical precocity, both as a player and as a performer, manifested itself at a remarkably early age. In 1826, when he was only 17, Mendelssohn wrote not only his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream but the first of his two string quintets. The String Quintet No. 2 followed 19 years later, in 1845, two years before his death. Despite the intervening years, the two Quintets are similar in style and form, with richly melodic and haunting slow movements and two wonderfully contrasting scherzos

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87

I. Allegro vivace

II. Andante scherzando

III. Adagio e lento

IV. Allegro molto vivace

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18

I. Allegro con moto

II. Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto

III. Scherzo: Allegro di molto

IV. Allegro vivace

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18: II. Minuetto (1st version)

String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18: II. Minuetto (1st version)

The Guardian

6th June 2008

***

“The A major first quintet, Op 18... [is] scored for the Mozartian quintet lineup with two violas rather than the two cellos that Boccherini and later Schubert favoured, it inhabits an ingratiatingly charming, ebullient world. The second in B flat Op 87 was composed in 1845; it's just as energetic but not quite as carefree or melodically inventive. This is underlined by the edgy recorded sound and the brisk, business-like efficiency of the Fine Arts Quartet, which sometimes give Mendelssohn's unabashed lyricism rather short shrift.”

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