Mendelssohn - String Quartets Op.44 Nos 1 & 2 | Analekta AN29844

Mendelssohn - String Quartets Op.44 Nos 1 & 2


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Label: Analekta

Cat No: AN29844

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 13th November 2015



The Cecilia String Quartet's performances have been hailed as “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and their Analekta albums were acclaimed for their “deeply felt imperativeness” (The Strad), and applauded for “unleashing the music’s ecstasy and angst” (Gramophone Magazine).

For this new recording, the CSQ chose to record two of the three quartets of Felix Mendelssohn's Op.44, which are the centrepiece of his mature string quartets. He wrote them in the years 1837-38, starting composition at the age of 28, when his fame in the international musical community was rapidly growing. Elegant and irresistible!


... the Cecilia prove to be compelling advocates. They find a balance between the composer's skittish qualities and his tenderer side, resulting in notably open-hearted recordings. Their tremolos - such a favourite device of Mendelssohn's - seem to come in 57 varieties, while even at fortissimo textures remain open and airy, thanks to their minutely considered voicings, conveyed via a sympathetic recording. Harriet Smith
Gramophone February 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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