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Mendelssohn – String Quartets Nos 5 & 6

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Catalogue numberBIS-2160 SACD
Release date2016-08-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time71:17

Final disc in the series

The Escher Quartet opened their traversal of Mendelssohn’s string quartets with the first and the fourth quartet, along with an unnumbered early work in E flat major, on a disc which the reviewer in The Strad summed up as a ‘A deeply rewarding release … and by any standards a distinguished one.’ The same magazine made the sequel – with the second and third quartets – its recommendation in the November issue of 2015, while the reviewer on MusicWeb-International found the performances on that disc to be ‘some of the most beautiful string quartet playing I have heard in many a day’. On the third and final disc in the series, time has come for the two final quartets, as well as the Capriccio and Fugue from the set of Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 begun on the previous instalment. String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major belongs to the three quartets composed in 1837-38 as Op. 44, and often considered his masterpieces in the genre. Ever modest, Mendelssohn himself recommended the set to his friend, the pianist Ignaz Moscheles, with the words: ‘there are one or two amongst them I am pleased with myself, and I should like to know that I am right, and that you too are satisfied with them.’ Published posthumously, Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 holds a special place in Mendelssohn’s list of works: not only is it one of his very last compositions, but the breath-taking work is the direct and heartfelt response to the unexpected death of his beloved sister Fanny. ‘The impassioned character of the entire work seems to me to be in keeping with his [Mendelssohn’s] profoundly unsettled state of mind’, Moscheles noted in his diary after having heard the quartet at the composer’s home on 5th October 1847. A month later, after suffering a number of strokes, Mendelssohn died.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
  Quartet No.5 in E flat major, Op.44 No.3, MWV R28 34:41
01 I. Allegro vivace 13:22 $ 3.21 USD
02 II. Scherzo 04:05 $ 0.98 USD
03 III. Adagio non troppo 08:34 $ 2.06 USD
04 IV. Molto allegro con fuoco 08:40 $ 2.08 USD
  Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 10:37
05 3. Capriccio in E minor, MWV R32 05:37 $ 1.35 USD
06 4. Fugue (A tempo ordinario) in E flat major, MWV R23 05:00 $ 1.20 USD
  Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op. 80, MWV R37 24:56
07 I. Allegro vivace assai - Presto 07:06 $ 1.70 USD
08 II. Allegro assai 04:14 $ 1.02 USD
09 III. Adagio 07:52 $ 1.89 USD
10 IV. Finale 05:44 $ 1.38 USD
  Album total 71:17
ComposerMendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
EnsembleEscher String Quartet

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