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Mendelssohn: String Quintets / L'Archibudelli

Release Date: 03/21/2000 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 60766   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lucy Van DaelVera BethsJürgen KussmaulGuus Jeukendrup,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mendelssohn's two string quintets may not plumb the depths of Mozart's and Brahms' efforts in this genre, yet they deserve to be heard more often than they are. The musicians of L'Archibudelli make powerful and cogent cases for the music's judicious proportions, sweet spirit, and impeccable craft. They enliven Mendelssohn's canny rhythmic displacements with sharply drawn accents and favor brisk tempos that avoid all trace of glibness. Being a period ensemble, L'Archibudelli favors gaunt, wiry timbres and minimum vibrato that may to some ears contradict Mendelssohn's congenial lyricism. Yet the group's sonority imparts a tangy edge and sense of ferocity to the proceedings that wears well as you get to know the performances. The excellent Read more annotations further tip the scales toward an unhesitant recommendation from yours truly.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Quintet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 18 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lucy Van Dael (Violin), Vera Beths (Violin), Jürgen Kussmaul (Viola),
Guus Jeukendrup (Viola), Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826/1832; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Quintet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 87 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello), Guus Jeukendrup (Viola), Jürgen Kussmaul (Viola),
Lucy Van Dael (Violin), Vera Beths (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 

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