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MENDELSSOHN: String Quintets (Complete)


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MENDELSSOHN: String Quintets (Complete)

Mendelssohn’s musical precocity, both as a player and as a performer, manifested itself at a remarkably early age. In 1826, when he was only 17, Mendelssohn wrote not only his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream but the first of his two string quintets. The String Quintet No. 2 followed 19 years later, in 1845, two years before his death. Despite the intervening years, the two Quintets are similar in style and form, with richly melodic and haunting slow movements and two wonderfully contrasting scherzos. It is interesting to compare the two String Quintets with the impressive Octet of 1825 (recorded on Naxos 8.557270).

Mendelssohn, Felix

  String Quintet No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 87
1.   I. Allegro vivace 00:10:37
2.   II. Andante scherzando 00:04:32
3.   III. Adagio e lento 00:10:40
4.   IV. Allegro molto vivace 00:06:08
  String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18
5.   I. Allegro con moto 00:12:51
6.   II. Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto 00:09:12
7.   III. Scherzo: Allegro di molto 00:04:38
8.   IV. Allegro vivace 00:06:21
  String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18: II. Minuetto (1st version)
9.   String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18: II. Minuetto (1st version) 00:05:26

Total Playing Time: 01:10:25

Mendelssohn, Felix

Fine Arts Quartet

Rossi, Danilo

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.570488

Barcode: 0747313048878

Physical Release: 05/2008

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