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Felix Mendelssohn String Quartets Op.44 Nos. 1&3

NI6327
£14.99

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EDITORS CHOICE – GRAMOPHONE September 2016 The immediacy of the Parker’s playing is matched by the immediacy of sound and altogether this is a delectable addition to the Mendelssohn quartet discography. Harriet Smith, Gramophone

For the Quartet, this music is enormously refreshing. There is no other composer that can channel the inner, youthful soul in all of us as well as Felix Mendelssohn. In his hands music can be pure joy and can capture the spirit of life with such an irresistible energy, that one cannot help but share it with others. Daniel Chong

Felix Mendelssohn String Quartets Op.44 Nos. 1&3

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EDITORS CHOICE – GRAMOPHONE September 2016  The opening movement of Op 44 No 1 has just the right sense of unfettered exultation, with plenty of warmth without any loss of clarity. Throughout, you’re aware of characterful individual contributions within an impeccable ensemble. In the slow third movement the Parker are utterly poetic, the first violin a degree more restrained in terms of vibrato than the Cecilia’s, while the touches of rubato are unerringly judged. The Parker take the joyous Presto a degree faster than the Cecilia, yet never sound breathless, compared to which the tangily characteristic period-instrument Eroica tread a middle ground.

They capture the very different character of Op 44 No 3 equally vividly, relishing the harmonic crunches that spice the first movement. Throughout, the Parker’s reactivity makes for the most engaging music-making, be it in the slow movement or the scherzo, where they balance drive and play. The immediacy of the Parker’s playing is matched by the immediacy of sound and altogether this is a delectable addition to the Mendelssohn quartet discography. Harriet Smith, Gramophone