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String Quartets Op 12 & 13 / Opus Posthumous Import

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  • Performer: Eroica Quartet
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B00000I438
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adagio ma non troppo/Allegro non tardante
2. Canzonetta
3. Andante espressivo
4. Molto allegro e vivace
5. Adagio/Allegro vivace
6. Adagio non lento
7. Intermezzo
8. Presto
9. Allegro moderato
10. Adagio non troppo
11. Minuetto
12. Fuga

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The influence of Beethoven is unmistakable in these works, yet it is Mendelssohn's humane sophistication, urbanity, and sense of well being that make these quartets uniquely his own.

Here is an entirely unaccustomed perspective on Mendelssohn's quartets. These English "period" musicians believe that Romantic music, too, should be played in the original style, with sparing vibrato, distinct articulation, great clarity, and transparency. They even discovered--and use--the bowings and fingerings of Mendelssohn's friend, the violinist Ferdinand David. Since they play extremely well, with a beautiful, full, warm, homogeneous tone, they give the music extraordinary vitality, excitement, and passion as well as a wistful, dreamy inwardness. Their rhythm is alive and flexible, their phrasing echoes human speech, their climaxes are thrilling, and their expression encompasses devout simplicity, songful lyricism, whimsical charm, and turbulent drama. In addition to the famous quartets Op. 12 and 13, the disc includes the Quartet in E-flat Op. Posthumus, written when Mendelssohn was 14. Though naturally less skillfully composed and original than the others, it bears the seeds of future greatness in its pensive, increasingly tragic slow movement; its startling modulations; and its amazing final double fugue. --Edith Eisler

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dean Georgiev on February 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first listened to this CD on a car audio system--
thus the gasoline analogy. There is much to
commend about the disc, including lovely performances
of the Canzona and Intermezzo movements of Op. 12 and Op. 13,
respectively. I do miss the high-octane drama, particularly in the violins, that the outer movements need (and get in other performances). Memories of the Guarneri Quartet's version of Op. 13, recorded at the very beginning of that quartet's illustrious career, still convince me that their's is THE version of this work with its echoes of Beethoven's quartets, Op. 95 (slow movement with fugue) and Op. 132 (the recitative for first violin leading into the finale of Mendelssohn's Op. 13 comes close to exact quotation). Of course the Eroica Quartet is bravely trying a wildly different approach in basing their interpretation on the supposed performance style of Ferdinand David, violinist and contemporary of Mendelssohn. Such an approach revises the conventional wisdom about how such standard chamber works should sound, so this is a great CD to have for
comparison with "standard" performances of this repertoire.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liam Sinclair on May 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mendelssohn's early death robbed the world of a great promise-still his music shows an astonishing maturity of emotion for one so young. This is most apparent in the great quartet in F Minor (not on this CD)-but still the early quartet's that are recorded here are undeniably beautiful and played with great tenderness. A lovely CD
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