Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet and Octet

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FELIX MENDELSSOHN
Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet and Octet
Gewandhaus Quartett

[ Brilliant Classics / 6 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Sunday 20 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:
- Booklet notes
- Remarkable value, and a first-class introduction to some lesser-known Mendelssohn
- Critics about the performers:
- Süddeutsche Zeitung: 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
- Excellent performances by the Gewandhaus Quartet, deriving their name from the famous Konzerthaus in Leipzig which was founded by...Mendelssohn.

Tracks:

Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet & Octet
1. String Quartet In E-Flat, Op. 12: I. Adagio Non Troppo - Allegro Non Tardante 07:45
2. String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 12: II. Canzonetta: Allegretto 03:58
3. String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 12: III. Andante espressivo 04:19
4. String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 12: IV. Molto allegro e vivace 07:43
5. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace 07:08
6. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13: II. Adagio non lento 07:43
7. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13: III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto - Allegro di molto 04:44
8. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13: IV. Presto - Adagio non lento 08:55
Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet & Octet
1. String Quartet In D, Op. 44, No. 1: I. Molto Allegro Vivace 12:17
2. String Quartet in D, Op. 44, No. 1: II. Menuetto: Un poco allegretto 05:46
3. String Quartet in D, Op. 44, No. 1: III. Andante espressivo ma con moto 05:11
4. String Quartet in D, Op. 44, No. 1: IV. Presto con brio 07:15
5. String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2: I. Allegro assai appassionata 10:20
6. String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2: II. Scherzo: Allegro di molto 04:02
7. String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2: III. Andante 06:14
8. String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2: IV. Presto agitato 06:42
Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet & Octet
1. String Quartet In E Flat Minor, Op. 44, No. 3: I. Allegro Vivace 12:45
2. String Quartet in E flat Minor, Op. 44, No. 3: II. Scherzo: Assai leggiero 03:57
3. String Quartet in E flat Minor, Op. 44, No. 3: III. Adagio non troppo 09:26
4. String Quartet in E flat Minor, Op. 44, No. 3: IV. Molto allegro con fuoco 08:53
5. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: I. Allegro vivace assai 07:10
6. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: II. Allegro assai 04:37
7. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: III. Adagio 07:46
8. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: IV. Finale: Allegro molto 05:54
Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet & Octet
1. Four Pieces For String Quartet, Op. 81: I. Andante Sostenuto (With Variation) In E 05:07
2. Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81: II. Scherzo: Allegro leggiero in A Minor 03:26
3. Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81: III. Capriccio: Andante con moto - Allegro fugato, assai vivacein E Minor 06:10
4. Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81: IV. Fuga: A tempo ordinario in E-Flat Minor 05:36
5. String Quartet in E-Flat: I. Allegro moderato 14:17
6. String Quartet in E-Flat: II. Adagio non troppo 06:13
7. String Quartet in E-Flat: III. Minuetto 07:42
8. String Quartet in E-Flat: IV. Fuga 04:08
Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet & Octet
1. String Quintet In A, Op. 18: I. Allegro Con Moto 09:58
2. String Quintet in A, Op. 18: II. Intermezzo, andante sostenuto 08:18
3. String Quintet in A, Op. 18: III. Scherzo: Allegro di molto 04:48
4. String Quintet in A, Op. 18: IV. Allegro vivace 06:05
5. String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87: I. Allegro vivace 10:57
6. String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87: II. Andante scherzando 04:45
7. String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87: III. Adagio e lento 10:33
8. String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87: IV. Allegro molto vivace 06:03
Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet & Octet
1. Piano Sextet In D, Op. 110: I. Allegro Vivace 12:54
2. Piano Sextet in D, Op. 110: II. Adagio 04:58
3. Piano Sextet in D, Op. 110: III.Menuetto 03:08
4. Piano Sextet in D, Op. 110: IV. Allegro vivace 10:59
5. Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20: I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco 14:11
6. Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20: II. Andante 07:12
7. Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20: III. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo 04:28
8. Octet in E-Flat, Op. 20: IV. Presto 06:24