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Mendelssohn – String Quartets Nos 1 & 4

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Catalogue numberBIS-1960 SACD
Release date2015-04-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time80:10

Founded in 2005, the Escher String Quartet is still a young ensemble as string quartets go. It has nevertheless become established as one of the most exciting quartets around, both in its home country, the U.S.A., and elsewhere, recently being shortlisted for a BBC Music Magazine Award. With their début disc on BIS, the Eschers launch a three-disc cycle of Mendelssohn’s string quartets, including the unnumbered String Quartet in E flat major and – on coming instalments – the four pieces for string quartet Op. 81. The quartet genre accompanied Mendelssohn throughout his life, from the previously mentioned E flat major quartet – which he composed at the age of 14 – to String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, his last major work, completed only two months before his death in 1847. As a body, the quartets demonstrate many of Mendelssohn’s finest qualities as a composer – his fascination for and understanding of the music of both Bach and Beethoven, his affinity for string instruments, and that gift for melody as well as texture which has made his Lieder ohne Worte and the elfin music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream so eternally popular. Composed in 1829, the Quartet Op. 12 is still an early work – from the time of the Hebrides Overture – while the E minor quartet, Op. 44 No. 2, can be counted as one of the first master-pieces by the mature composer.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
  Quartet No.1 in E flat major, Op.12, MWV R25 (1829) 24:28
01 I. Adagio non troppo – Allegro non tardante 07:28 $ 1.79 USD
02 II. Canzonetta. Allegretto 03:44 $ 0.90 USD
03 III. Andante espressivo 04:58 $ 1.19 USD
04 IV. Molto allegro e vivace 08:18 $ 1.99 USD
  Quartet in E flat major, MWV R18 (1823) 27:01
05 I. Allegro moderato 09:32 $ 2.29 USD
06 II. Adagio non troppo 06:02 $ 1.45 USD
07 III. Minuetto. Trio 07:05 $ 1.70 USD
08 IV. Fuga 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
  Quartet No.4 in E minor, Op.44 No.2, MWV R26 (1837) 26:54
09 I. Allegro assai appassionato 10:04 $ 2.42 USD
10 II. Scherzo. Allegro di molto 03:50 $ 0.92 USD
11 III. Andante 06:10 $ 1.48 USD
12 IV. Presto agitato 06:50 $ 1.64 USD
  Album total 80:10
ComposerMendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
String quartetEscher String Quartet

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