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Mendelssohn: String Quartets / Cherubini Quartett


Release Date: 10/02/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 00857   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini String Quartet
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mendelssohn's string quartets seem to be "rediscovered" about every five years, which is surprising given their quality (they are arguably the best examples of the genre between Schubert and Brahms). Yet one of the great surprises of the early digital era was the set of Mendelssohn's quartets by the Cherubini Quartett recorded between 1989 and 1990. Reissued here as a set in 2007, the performances stand the test of time. Solidly constructed and intensely expressive with an irresistible sense of rhythm, the Cherubini's performances are instantly engaging. And with their depth of detail and control of form, they likewise reward repeated listenings. One might wish their ensemble a bit tighter in the more furious Prestos and Allegro Read more vivaces, but even the finest of later performances do not best the Cherubini in Mendelssohn's singing Adagios. Produced by Gerd Berg, these early digital recordings have uncharacteristically close, warm sound. Although there are other performances of these works worth knowing, anyone who doesn't already know them couldn't do better than to start with the Cherubini Quartett's set.

-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Germany 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 44 no 2 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 

Sound Samples

Streichquartett Nr.1 Es-dur op.12 (1829): I. Adagio non troppo - Allegro non tardante
Streichquartett Nr.1 Es-dur op.12 (1829): I. Adagio non troppo - Allegro non tardante
Streichquartett Nr.1 Es-dur op.12 (1829): II. Canzonetta (Allegretto) - Più mosso
Streichquartett Nr.1 Es-dur op.12 (1829): II. Canzonetta (Allegretto) - Più mosso
Streichquartett Nr.1 Es-dur op.12 (1829): III. Andante espressivo -
Streichquartett Nr.1 Es-dur op.12 (1829): III. Andante espressivo -
Streichquartett Nr.1 Es-dur op.12 (1829): IV. Molto allegro e vivace
Streichquartett Nr.1 Es-dur op.12 (1829): IV. Molto allegro e vivace
Streichquartett Nr.2 a-moll op.13: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Streichquartett Nr.2 a-moll op.13: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Streichquartett Nr.2 a-moll op.13: II. Adagio non lento
Streichquartett Nr.2 a-moll op.13: II. Adagio non lento
Streichquartett Nr.2 a-moll op.13: III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto
Streichquartett Nr.2 a-moll op.13: III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto
Streichquartett Nr.2 a-moll op.13: IV. Presto - Adagio non lento
Streichquartett Nr.2 a-moll op.13: IV. Presto - Adagio non lento
Streichquartett Nr.3 D-dur op.44 Nr.1: I. Molto allegro vivace
Streichquartett Nr.3 D-dur op.44 Nr.1: I. Molto allegro vivace
Streichquartett Nr.3 D-dur op.44 Nr.1: II. Menuetto: Un poco allegro
Streichquartett Nr.3 D-dur op.44 Nr.1: II. Menuetto: Un poco allegro
Streichquartett Nr.3 D-dur op.44 Nr.1: III. Andante espressivo ma con moto
Streichquartett Nr.3 D-dur op.44 Nr.1: III. Andante espressivo ma con moto
Streichquartett Nr.3 D-dur op.44 Nr.1: IV. Presto con brio
Streichquartett Nr.3 D-dur op.44 Nr.1: IV. Presto con brio
Streichquartett Nr.4 e-moll op.44 Nr.2: I. Allegro assai appassionato
Streichquartett Nr.4 e-moll op.44 Nr.2: I. Allegro assai appassionato
Streichquartett Nr.4 e-moll op.44 Nr.2: II. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
Streichquartett Nr.4 e-moll op.44 Nr.2: II. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
Streichquartett Nr.4 e-moll op.44 Nr.2: III. Andante -
Streichquartett Nr.4 e-moll op.44 Nr.2: III. Andante -
Streichquartett Nr.4 e-moll op.44 Nr.2: IV. Presto agitato
Streichquartett Nr.4 e-moll op.44 Nr.2: IV. Presto agitato

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