Mendelssohn - String Quartets | Alto ALC1303

Mendelssohn - String Quartets


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Label: Alto

Cat No: ALC1303

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd November 2015



the searing intensity of the Elias's playing lays bare their shock value (of these Quartets) ... Twenty years separate the two quartets, and what a distance he travelled in that time. Yet Op.13 was already an extraordinarily confident piece .. In the Elias's reading there is a wonderful story-telling aspect to the Intermezzo ... in the remarkable Quartet #6 Op.80 the Elias clearly have four powerful personalities at work - how much more they bring out the heart-stopping melodies that seem to flow so effortlessly - apt given that he wrote it in the wake of his sister Fanny's death ... melodies in such movements as the gentle, consolatory theme that opens the slow movement of the Sixth, or the second of the Four Pieces (Op.81)” - Gramophone

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