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MENDELSSOHN: String Quintets (Complete)

Composer(s)Mendelssohn, Felix
Artist(s) Fine Arts Quartet, Ensemble • Rossi, Danilo, viola
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570488
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Mendelssohn’s musical precocity, both as a player and as a performer, manifested itself at a remarkably early age. In 1826, when he was only 17, Mendelssohn wrote not only his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream but the first of his two string quintets. The String Quintet No. 2 followed 19 years later, in 1845, two years before his death. Despite the intervening years, the two Quintets are similar in style and form, with richly melodic and haunting slow movements and two wonderfully contrasting scherzos. It is interesting to compare the two String Quintets with the impressive Octet of 1825 (recorded on Naxos 8.557270).

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MENDELSSOHN: String Quintets (Complete) 1:10:25   
  String Quintet No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 87          
      I. Allegro vivace 10:37       
      II. Andante scherzando 4:32       
      III. Adagio e lento 10:40       
      IV. Allegro molto vivace 6:08       
  String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18          
      I. Allegro con moto 12:51       
      II. Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto 9:12       
      III. Scherzo: Allegro di molto 4:38       
      IV. Allegro vivace 6:21       
  String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18: II. Minuetto (1st version) 5:26       
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