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Mendelssohn: String Quartets No. 2 in A Minor & No. 3 in D Major

Escher String Quartet

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String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13, MWV R 22  
1
I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
7:59
2
II. Adagio non lento
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
8:07
3
III. Intermezzo. Allegretto con moto – Allegro di molto
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
4:38
4
IV. Presto – Adagio non lento
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
9:13
Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81  
5
No. 1. Andante sostenuto in E Major, MWV R 34
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
5:41
6
No. 2. Scherzo (Allegro leggiero) in A Minor, MWV R 35
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
4:12
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1, MWV R 30  
7
I. Molto allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
12:32
8
II. Menuetto: Un poco allegretto
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
5:29
9
III. Andante espressivo ma con moto
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
5:22
10
IV. Presto con brio
Felix Mendelssohn; Escher String Quartet
7:10
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:23
This is the second album in a three-volume series of Mendelssohn's quartet cycle from the Escher String Quartet. In addition to his seven complete quartets, Mendelssohn also wrote four individual string quartet movements that were gathered together and published posthumously. On this release, the Escher Quartet perform two of these pieces, both conceived shortly before the composer's death.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters

Original format: 24-bit / 96 kHz
Recording: September 2014 at Potton Hall, Suffolk, England
Producer and sound engineer: Thore Brinkmann (Take5 Music Production)
BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W, STAX and Sennheiser, and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations.
Editing and mixing: Thore Brinkmann
Executive producer: Robert Suff
Cover text: © Horst A. Scholz 2015
Translations: Andrew Barnett (English); Jean-Pascal Vachon (French)
Front cover photo: © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Typesetting, lay-out: Andrew Barnett (Compact Design)

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