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Mendelssohn: String Quintets / The Raphael Ensemble

Mendelssohn / Raphael Ensemble
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55377  
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Anthony MarwoodCatherine MansonTimothy BoultonAndrea Hess,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raphael Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mendelssohn's two String Quintets were composed at opposite ends of his short career. No 1 was written in 1826, soon after the completion of the Octet and E major Piano Sonata and before the Overture to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', when Mendelssohn was still only seventeen. He later substituted a slow movement in memory of his friend the violinist Eduard Rietz, and it was this revised version of the Quintet that was published in Bonn the same year and is recorded here.

Quintet No 2 dates from 1845 (when Mendelssohn was still only thirty-six), a year before his triumphant success with Elijah in Birmingham and just two years prior to his premature death.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 18 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin), Catherine Manson (Violin), Timothy Boulton (Viola),
Andrea Hess (Cello), Louise Williams (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raphael Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826/1832; Germany 
2.
Quintet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, Op. 87 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Michael Stirling (Cello), Anthony Marwood (Violin), Catherine Manson (Violin),
Timothy Boulton (Viola), Louise Williams (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raphael Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 

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