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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy composed his three String Quartets, Op. 44 dedicated to Sweden’s crown prince and later king Oscar I during the years from 1837 to 1838. In 1840 Mendelssohn, who was regarded as an absolute perfectionist, revised these “Trois Grands Quatuors,” which he judged to be "some hundred times better" than all of his previous works.

This volume presents the first two quartets from Op. 44. The First, the last of the series to be composed, belongs to the genre of the “quatuor brilliant” – a type in which it is the first violin that shines. Already the introductory Allegro vivace is like a concerto movement by reason of the fact that the first violin is mostly accompanied by the three other instruments, often even with orchestral tremolos and timpani imitations in the violoncello. The Second Quartet, the first to be composed in this series of three, conveys an elegiac and passionate tone and displays expressive passages together with powerful accents. © CPO

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String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1, MWV R 3 (Felix Mendelssohn)

1
I. Molto allegro vivace
00:12:52

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Minguet Quartett, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

2
II. Menuetto. Un poco allegretto
00:05:20

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Minguet Quartett, Ensemble, MainArtist

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3
III. Andante espressivo ma con moto
00:04:58

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Minguet Quartett, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

4
IV. Presto con brio
00:07:09

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Minguet Quartett, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 44 No. 2, MWV R 26 (Felix Mendelssohn)

5
I. Allegro assai apassionato
00:10:18

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Minguet Quartett, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

6
II. Scherzo. Allegro di molto
00:04:06

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Minguet Quartett, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

7
III. Andante
00:05:54

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Minguet Quartett, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

8
IV. Presto agitato
00:07:32

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Minguet Quartett, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 CPO (P) 2021 CPO

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy composed his three String Quartets, Op. 44 dedicated to Sweden’s crown prince and later king Oscar I during the years from 1837 to 1838. In 1840 Mendelssohn, who was regarded as an absolute perfectionist, revised these “Trois Grands Quatuors,” which he judged to be "some hundred times better" than all of his previous works.

This volume presents the first two quartets from Op. 44. The First, the last of the series to be composed, belongs to the genre of the “quatuor brilliant” – a type in which it is the first violin that shines. Already the introductory Allegro vivace is like a concerto movement by reason of the fact that the first violin is mostly accompanied by the three other instruments, often even with orchestral tremolos and timpani imitations in the violoncello. The Second Quartet, the first to be composed in this series of three, conveys an elegiac and passionate tone and displays expressive passages together with powerful accents. © CPO

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