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Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets
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Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille Records CDR 90000 082

3 CDs for the Price of 2

One of today's most dynamic and exciting ensembles, the Pacifica Quartet celebrates its 10th anniversary with a three-CD set of Mendelssohn's complete string quartet cycle. Known for its "stunningly expressive performances" (The Guardian) and "ideal balance" (Washington Post), the youthful Pacifica is a perfect match for this early Romantic composer's exuberant chamber music.

"10/10 - A big, warm sound--wonderfully well blended, rounded, and full. . . . Sonics are just about perfect--tonally accurate, well-blended and balanced, with the vivid presence that makes you feel these magnificent players are in the room with you. At three discs for the price of two, this Cedille release is something of a bargain as well. To sum this set up in two words: 'Buy it'." (ClassicsToday.com)
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.

PROGRAM

CD1

String Quartet in E-Flat Major (1823) (25:16)
1 I. Allegro moderato (9:12)
2 II. Adagio non troppo (6:24)
3 III. Minuetto (5:44)
4 IV. Fuga (3:47)

String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 12 (23:41)
5 I. Adagio non troppo - Allegro non tardante (7:28)
6 II. Canzonetta: Allegretto (4:00)
7 III. Andante espressivo (4:07)
8 IV. Molto Allegro e vivace (7:59)

String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 (25:35)
9 I. Allegro vivace assai (7:12)
10 II. Allegro assai (4:50)
11 III. Adagio (8:05)
12 IV. Finale: Allegro molto (5:17)

CD2

String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13 (30:35)
1 I. Adagio - Allegro vivace (8:11)
2 II. Adagio non lento (7:28)
3 III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto (4:45)
4 IV. Presto (10:02)

String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1 (28:39)
5 I. Molto Allegro vivace (9:27)
6 II. Menuetto: Un poco Allegretto (6:04)
7 III. Andante espressivo ma con moto (6:08)
8 IV. Presto con brio (6:50)

CD3

String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 No. 2 (27:29)
1 I. Allegro assai appassionato (10:18)
2 II. Scherzo: Allegro di molto (3:52)
3 III. Andante (6:23)
4 IV. Presto agitato (6:46)

String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 No. 3 (30:14)
5 I. Allegro vivace (9:05)
6 II. Scherzo: Assai leggiero vivace (3:43)
7 III. Adagio non troppo (8:37)
8 IV. Molto Allegro con fuoco (8:38)
9 Andante in E Major, Op. 81 No. 1 (6:08)
10 Scherzo in A Minor, Op. 81 No. 2 (3:28)

Capriccio in E Minor, Op. 81 No. 3 (6:15)
12 Fugue in E-Flat Major, Op. 81 No. 4 (5:20)

Producer: Judith Sherman / Engineers: Judith Sherman, Bill Maylone / Graphic Design: Melanie Germond / Photos of Pacifica Quartet: Anthony Parmelee / Recorded: December 2002, October 2003, March 2004 & June 2004 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, IL