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Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6 / Escher String Quartet


Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2160  
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escher String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new release is the final disc in the Escher String Quartet’s traversal of Mendelssohn’s string quartets. The Strad called the first installment “A deeply rewarding release… and by any standards a distinguished one.” Later the same magazine made the sequel its recommendation in the November issue of 2015. Mendelssohn’s final quartets, Nos 5 and 6, are featured here alongside his Capriccio and Fugue. The Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 was a special work in the composer’s eyes. The work was written in response to the unexpected death of his beloved sister, Fanny. The piece was published posthumously, as Mendelssohn suffered a number of strokes and died a month after premiering the piece. This new release is the final disc in the Escher String Quartet’s traversal of Mendelssohn’s string quartets. The Strad called the first installment “A deeply rewarding release… and by any standards a distinguished one.” Later the same magazine made the sequel its recommendation in the November issue of 2015. Mendelssohn’s final quartets, Nos 5 and 6, are featured here alongside his Capriccio and Fugue. The Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 was a special work in the composer’s eyes. The work was written in response to the unexpected death of his beloved sister, Fanny. The piece was published posthumously, as Mendelssohn suffered a number of strokes and died a month after premiering the piece. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escher String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
2.
Pieces (4) for String Quartet, Op. 81: no 3, Capriccio in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escher String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
3.
Pieces (4) for String Quartet, Op. 81: no 4, Fugue in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escher String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Germany 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escher String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Scintillating Mendelssohn February 1, 2017 By Michael C. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "Arguably the finest string quartet of their generation, the Eschers' final CD of their 3-CD traversal of all of Mendelssohn's string quartet writing is a winner. Verve, tonal warmth, intonation, ensemble playing and musicianship are all there in abundance. Their 3-CD Mendelssohn set is the one to have." Report Abuse
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