Mendelssohn Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3

Founded in 1983, the Schubert Ensemble is firmly established as one of the world’s leading exponents of chamber music for piano and strings. Giving more than fifty concerts a year, the Ensemble has visited more than forty different countries, most recently having performed in Bermuda, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, Italy and the USA and also made its first tour of China. In 1998, in recognition of its contribution to British musical life, it received the Best Chamber Ensemble Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society, being short-listed again in 2010. It has appeared on TV and radio in many countries and is heard regularly on BBC Radio 3.


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"This is an excellent set of Mendelssohn's piano quartets. They were all written around the same time 1822-5. Although not a format as widely used as others, it seems Mendelssohn wrote them with the piano part in mind for himself. The piano quartet No.1 and No.2 have been put on CD1 (54 mins) and the No.3 is on CD2 (33 mins). The playing is wonderful. I was not familiar with these works but they are very well worth getting to know. These are very fine recordings, lovely sound. A real must for Mendelssohn fans."-Anonymous

"A really splendid performance and recording of Mendelssohn’s three Piano Quartets by the musically sound Schubert Ensemble, a group founded in 1983 and playing these pieces in late 1990s recordings. Spread over two discs, we have quartets 1 and 2 on the first record and a slightly longer number 3 on the second, but shorter disc. These artists play with an enthusiasm which matches the moods introduced by the young composer, who was himself a virtuoso pianist and a fine violinist, and the recording is of a high standard. At a cost of only just over £14 for the two, these discs are well worth snapping up!"-Arthur Francis

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