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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).


Review By Sentinel,,November 2009

Mendelssohnian magic! I first listened to samples of these quintets on the amazon site, inspired by other reviewers, and was struck by the infectious music-making of the Fine Arts Quartet. Having now listened to the complete works, I can only agree with my fellow reviewers that this is music to bring a smile to your face, and a lift to your heart. The quality of the playing gives such a zestful ‘bounce’ to the movements that this has the quality of a live performance without the attendant niggles. Highly recommended.

Review By ,,August 2008

Stormende spilleglade førstesats, som de fem musikere angriber på det mest henrivende…Ingen af de to strygekvintetter tilhører det foretrukne kammermusikalske repertoire, men charmerende er Mendelssohn altid; også Fine Arts Quartet og gæsten Danilo Rossi engagerer sig helhjertet, pilfingret og medrivende i. Full review


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