Mendelssohn String Quartets Vol.2 / Nos. 2 & 5
The New Zealand String Quartet’s first Naxos recording of Mendelssohn’s string quartets (8.570001) was praised as ‘an auspicious start’ by Gramophone and ‘opulently recorded’ byClassic FM magazine. Its warmly affectionate accounts continue with this second of three volumes, including Mendelssohn’s posthumously published Capriccio and Fugue in E minor which display his polished mastery of counterpoint. The composer’s respect for Beethoven is evident in both the quartets on this disc, although in his marriage of Classical style and Romantic impulse, Mendelssohn’s vivacious brilliance and lyrical gifts are never overshadowed.
October 2009 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.570002
Producer: Bonnie Silver & Norbert Kraft
Engineer: Norbert Kraft
Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81 No. 3
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
ii. Adagio non lento
iii. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto
Fugue in E flat major, Op. 81 No. 4
String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 No. 3
i. Allegro vivace
ii. Scherzo: Assai leggiero vivace
iii. Adagio non troppo
iv. Molto Allegro con fuoco
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