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CHAN 10534

Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos 1 and 2

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Gabrieli String Quartet



Venue:

St Silas The Martyr, Kentish Town, London



Producer:

Tim Oldham



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Ben Connellan

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

String Quartet


Chamber

Total Time - 58:58
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FELIX MENDELSSOHN

(1809-1847)
   
 

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13

32:12  
  in A major - in a-Moll - en la majeur  
1 I Adagio - Allegro vivace 8:22
2 II Adagio non lento 9:07
3 III Intermezzo. Allegretto con moto - Allegro di molto 4:53
4 IV Presto - Adagio non lento 9:39
   
 

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 12

27:07  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
5 I Adagio non troppo - Allegro non tardante 8:28
6 II Canzonetta. Allegretto - Più mosso 4:21
7 III Andante espressivo 5:33
8 IV Molto allegro e vivace 8:35


This recording by the splendid Gabrieli String Quartet makes a welcome return to the catalogue, and now at ‘Classics’ price. There is little competition for this programme.  

The well-known British string quartet was founded in 1967 by Kenneth Sillito, who led the ensemble for some twenty years before passing the responsibility to John Georgiadis, at which point the Quartet entered into an exclusive contract with Chandos and made a number of fine recordings. It toured widely abroad and in the UK and was noted for its well-balanced performances. ‘I know this is a disc to be enjoyed again and again. The sound is simply flawless’, wrote the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
 
Mendelssohn wrote his first two string quartets before his twenty-first birthday and they are typical of the mastery with which Mendelssohn approached the romantic style prevailing in the early nineteenth century. 

"Warm, sweet tone, and generally close regard for Mendelssohn’s markings infuse both works with life and feeling.”
Performance **** / Recording ****

Roger Nicholls

BBC Music Magazine - October 2009


“… it has a great deal of character, mystery, drama and tension.”

Fine

American Record Guide - November/December 2009



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