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Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Nos. 2 & 3

By Escher String Quartet

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By Escher String Quartet. By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Classical. 1 hybrid super audio listening CD. Published by BIS Records (NX.BIS-1990).

Item Number: NX.BIS-1990

In 1827, when writing his Quartet in A minor, Op.13, the 18-year-old Felix Mendelssohn was especially interested in Beethoven's late quartets - at a time when these works were generally written off as 'confused fantasies of a deaf musician'. Mendelssohn's debt to Beethoven is evident in the important role of polyphonic techniques, particularly in the focus on cyclical connections between movements. Ten years on, Mendelssohn composed the three quartets, Op. 44, the D major quartet that closes the present disc the last of these to be completed; on publication, however, Mendelssohn placed it first in the set. Besides the seven complete quartets, Mendelssohn also wrote four individual string quartet movements. These were gathered together and published posthumously as op. 81, and on this second volume of their complete Mendelssohn cycle the Escher Quartet perform two of these pieces, both conceived in August 1847, shortly before the composer's death.

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