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Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets

Mendelssohn / Talich Quartet
Release Date: 07/09/2013 
Label:  La Dolce Volta   Catalog #: 115   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With La Dolce Volta, the reissues don’t just look like treasure boxes in silver and pink, they also contain treasures: the best from the wonderful Calliope label; in this case the Talich Quartet interpretations of the complete Mendelssohn quartets. They were my favorites when they came out between 2000 and 2003, and although the Mendelssohn Quartet Competition has increased exponentially in the years since (Mandelring, Pacifica, Eroica, Leipzig, to name just the best), the combination of old-world charisma, elegance, saturation, and vibrancy makes the Czech outfit around Jan Talich, Jr. my continued frontrunner in what includes some of Mendelssohn’s finest, most profound musical statements.

– Jens F. Laurson, Listen
With La Dolce Volta, the reissues don’t just look like treasure boxes in silver and pink, they also contain treasures: the best from the wonderful Calliope label; in this case the Talich Quartet interpretations of the complete Mendelssohn quartets. They were my favorites when they came out between 2000 and 2003, and although the Mendelssohn Quartet Competition has increased exponentially in the years since (Mandelring, Pacifica, Eroica, Leipzig, to name just the best), the combination of old-world charisma, elegance, saturation, and vibrancy makes the Czech outfit around Jan Talich, Jr. my continued frontrunner in what includes some of Mendelssohn’s finest, most profound musical statements.

– Jens F. Laurson, Listen Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Prague au Studio Arco Diva Domovina 
Length: 22 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2. Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13 by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Germany 
Venue:  Prague au Studio Arco Diva Domovina 
Length: 28 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12 by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Venue:  Prague au Studio Arco Diva Domovina 
Length: 22 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4. Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 44 no 2 by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Venue:  Prague au Studio Arco Diva Domovina 
Length: 22 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5. Quartet for Strings no 5 in E flat major, Op. 44 no 3 by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Prague au Studio Arco Diva Domovina 
Length: 29 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6. Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1 by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Prague au Studio Arco Diva Domovina 
Length: 26 Minutes 27 Secs. 
7. Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Venue:  Prague au Studio Arco Diva Domovina 
Length: 23 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8. Pieces (4) for String Quartet, Op. 81 by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827-1847; Germany 
Venue:  Prague au Studio Arco Diva Domovina 
Length: 20 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Exquisite Playing October 2, 2013 By John M Rathbun (Mills River, NC) See All My Reviews "Talich shows us a hidden side of Mendelssohn: pensive and at times tragic. Their interpretations are passionate and the playing technique flawless." Report Abuse
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