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Mendelssohn String Quartets Vol.2 / Nos. 2 & 5

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


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Track Listing

Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81 No. 3

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

i. Adagio

ii. Adagio non lento

iii. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto

iv. Presto


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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