Mendelssohn String Quartets Vol.3 / No 3 & String Quartet in E-Flat Major
Praised by The Gramophone for the ‘deep feeling’ of its playing on Volume 1 (8.570001) and hailed for ‘what promises to be an outstanding set’ (Vol. 2, 8.570002), 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.
May 2010 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.570003
Producer: Bonnie Silver & Norbert Kraft
Engineer: Norbert Kraft
String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44 No. 1
i. Molto allegro vivace
ii. Menuetto: Un poco allegretto
iii. Andante espressivo con moto
iv. Presto con brio
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'
i. Allegro moderato
ii. Adagio ma non troppo
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