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Release Date: Thursday 20 May 2010
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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.
String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44 No. 1
Andante (Tema con Variazioni) in E major, Op. 81 No. 1
Scherzo In A Minor Op. 81 No. 2
String Quartet in E flat major, Op. '0'