Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet & Octet

Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet & Octet
Composer Felix Mendelssohn
Artist Gewandhaus-Quartett
Sharon Quartet
Amati String Orchestra
Format 6 CD
Cat. number 94205
EAN code 5028421942056
Release February 2011

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Probably no composer other than Mozart displayed such a prodigious talent in childhood as that displayed by the young Mendelssohn. His early flowering genius made him something of a phenomenon, and this saw his stature in adulthood rise to equal (rightly so) that of the greats – Bach, Beethoven and of course Mozart. This was followed by the inevitable decline in reputation – his comfortable upper middle class upbringing in a Berlin banking family, that included philosopher Moses Mendelssohn hardly fitted the late 19th century image of the struggling and tortured soul of the romantic artist.
The effects of perversions of the Nazi German regime which banned his music as he was a Jew almost sealed his fate apart from the affection held by performers for a handful of his works. But Mendelssohn is so much more than the composer of the Scottish and Italian Symphonies, the Violin Concerto and the oratorio Elijah.

The chamber music reveals not only his youthful precociosness as heard in the Octet composed at the age of 16 and a work of pure genius – but also in the sextet which ranks only a little behind its famous sibling for sheer bravura and craftsmanship. The string quartets are seriously underrated works, and show Mendelssohn’s deep appreciation of Beethoven’s quartets. These are masterful works that repay closer acquaintance.
Mendelssohn today is rightfully considered one of the great composers and the works in this 6CD set get right to the heart and soul of a man over-praised during his life and for too long under-appreciated in death.

Other information:
- The complete String Quartets, String Quintets, and the famous Octet (in fact for two string quartets) of Mendelssohn, in which he develops the classical Beethovenian style into high Romanticism.
- Excellent performances by the Gewandhaus Quartet, deriving their name from the famous Konzerthaus in Leipzig which was founded by…Mendelssohn.
- Remarkable value, and a first-class introduction to some lesser-known Mendelssohn.
- German critic: "Ideale Interpreten, Gewandhaus-Quartett Leipzig besticht mit Präzision. Die Klangkultur des Quartetts, die Präzision und makellose Intonation sind einmalig. Großartig die Interpretation von Mendelssohn-Bartholdys 'Streichquartett Nr.6 f-Moll op.80' aus seinem Todesjahr 1847." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
- www.gewandhausquartett.de.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 12: I. Adagio non troppo – Allegro non tardante
  2. String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 12: II. Canzonetta: Allegretto
  3. String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 12: III. Andante espressivo
  4. String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 12: IV. Molto allegro e vivace
  5. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13: I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
  6. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13: II. Adagio non lento
  7. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13: III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto – Allegro di molto
  8. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13: IV. Presto – Adagio non lento

Disk 2

  1. String Quartet in D, Op. 44, No. 1: I. Molto allegro vivace
  2. String Quartet in D, Op. 44, No. 1: II. Menuetto: Un poco allegretto
  3. String Quartet in D, Op. 44, No. 1: III. Andante espressivo ma con moto
  4. String Quartet in D, Op. 44, No. 1: IV. Presto con brio
  5. String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2: I. Allegro assai appassionata
  6. String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2: II. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
  7. String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2: III. Andante
  8. String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2: IV. Presto agitato

Disk 3

  1. String Quartet in E flat Minor, Op. 44, No. 3: I. Allegro vivace
  2. String Quartet in E flat Minor, Op. 44, No. 3: II. Scherzo: Assai leggiero
  3. String Quartet in E flat Minor, Op. 44, No. 3: III. Adagio non troppo
  4. String Quartet in E flat Minor, Op. 44, No. 3: IV. Molto allegro con fuoco
  5. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: I. Allegro vivace assai
  6. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: II. Allegro assai
  7. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: III. Adagio
  8. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: IV. Finale: Allegro molto

Disk 4

  1. Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81: I. Andante sostenuto (with variation) in E
  2. Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81: II. Scherzo: Allegro leggiero in A Minor
  3. Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81: III. Capriccio: Andante con moto – Allegro fugato, assai vivacein E Minor
  4. Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81: IV. Fuga: A tempo ordinario in E-Flat Minor
  5. String Quartet in E-Flat: I. Allegro moderato
  6. String Quartet in E-Flat: II. Adagio non troppo
  7. String Quartet in E-Flat: III. Minuetto
  8. String Quartet in E-Flat: IV. Fuga

Disk 5

  1. String Quintet in A, Op. 18: I. Allegro con moto
  2. String Quintet in A, Op. 18: II. Intermezzo, andante sostenuto
  3. String Quintet in A, Op. 18: III. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
  4. String Quintet in A, Op. 18: IV. Allegro vivace
  5. String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87: I. Allegro vivace
  6. String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87: II. Andante scherzando
  7. String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87: III. Adagio e lento
  8. String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87: IV. Allegro molto vivace

Disk 6

  1. Piano Sextet in D, Op. 110: I. Allegro vivace
  2. Piano Sextet in D, Op. 110: II. Adagio
  3. Piano Sextet in D, Op. 110: III.Menuetto
  4. Piano Sextet in D, Op. 110: IV. Allegro vivace
  5. Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20: I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
  6. Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20: II. Andante
  7. Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20: III. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo
  8. Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20: IV. Presto