Mendelssohn String Quintets Laredo, Kavafian, Ohyama, Kashkashian, Robinson

Marlboro Festival Members - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: String Quintets (1978) CD Reissue 1990

Marlboro Festival Members - Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintets (1978) CD Reissue 1990
Jaime Laredo, Ani Kavafian, Heiichiro Ohyama, Kim Kashkashian, Sharon Robinson

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: CBS/Sony Classical | # MPK 45883 | Time: 01:00:37

An exceptionally fine performance of the Mendelssohn string quintets by Jaime Laredo, Ani Kavafian, Heiichiro Ohyama, Kim Kashkashian and Sharon Robinson can be found on CD45883 (61 minutes: ADD). These are rhythmically alert and spirited readings, played with great charm and eloquence. They are an especially welcome addition to a catalogue that sports no rival version of No. 1 and only one of No. 2. The 1978 recording is one of the best in the batch, exceptionally well balanced with a fine feeling of depth and presence. Strongly recommended. (Gramophone)
Tetzlaff Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13 - Berg: Lyric Suite (2014) [Official Digital Download]

Tetzlaff Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13 - Berg: Lyric Suite (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 57:32 minutes | 571 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Mendelssohn’s Op.13 and Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite: why did you choose this programme? The first, obvious reason is that we’ve been performing these two works for a long time, with the greatest imaginable pleasure. They challenge us as musicians. In Berg’s case the challenge takes us to the farthest frontiers, and in Mendelssohn it is just as formidable. That would be the outer motive.
The Nash Ensemble - Max Bruch: String Octet, String Quintets (2017)

The Nash Ensemble - Max Bruch: String Octet, String Quintets (2017)
EAC FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:48 | 292 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA68168

The three works on this album were all written by Max Bruch at the end of his life, after World War I, when he was more than 80 years old. They were not published until after his death in 1920, and then they were forgotten due to Nazi bans on Bruch's music because of his supposed Jewish ancestry, wartime manuscript loss, and the self-serving actions of modernist gatekeepers. In the world they depict, the Great War might as well never have happened, but perhaps that is part of the point.
Prazák Quartet, Kocian Quartet, Jaromír Klepác - Mendelssohn: String Octet, Piano Sextet (2004)

Prazák Quartet, Kocian Quartet, Jaromír Klepác - Mendelssohn: String Octet, Piano Sextet (2004)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:48 | 281 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga | Catalog: DSD 250221

They mean well, their hearts are in it, and they clearly have the chops. But ultimately, the Prazák Quartet's and Kocian Quartet's recording of Mendelssohn's ineffably evanescent String Octet doesn't quite make the grade. Because for all their good intentions, the Prazák and Kocian quartets' performance does not quite capture the work's ineffable evanescence, its sense of youthful impetuosity and masterful lucidity or its feeling for achingly lovely melodies and strongly effective rhythms.
Cherubini-Quartett - Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 (2004)

Cherubini-Quartett - Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 (2004)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 85803 2 | Time: 00:56:40

The first two of the three string quartets of Mendelssohn's Op. 44 were recorded by the Cherubini Quartett in 1990. With its transparent textures, elegant phrasing, and refined execution, the ensemble is temperamentally suited to this music, which seems to require those qualities above others. While Mendelssohn acquired many advanced compositional techniques from studying Beethoven's quartets, he never presumed to plumb the master's spiritual depths, and preferred instead to emulate the Classical gentility and poise of Haydn and Mozart. The String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44/1, is predominantly exuberant and optimistic, and the Cherubini Quartett delivers it in a light, effervescent style, and only occasionally touches on the deeper passions that Mendelssohn prized in this work. More serious and fervid in expression, the String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44/2, evokes the tense emotions of eighteenth century Sturm und Drang. The Cherubini Quartett renders the work with a darker coloration and richer tone, but these shadings neither interfere with the clarity of the parts nor weigh down Mendelssohn's fleet lines.
Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs

Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 546 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 284 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 6 1809 2 5 | Time: 02:03:13

Hausmusik’s performance of the Mendelssohn Octet comes with the advantage of a sensibly steady tempo for the famous scherzo, allowing for maximum transparency and lightness; and a dazzling finale in which for once the cello’s first scurrying fugal entry sounds crystal clear. The First String Quintet, and the Op. 13 Quartet – Mendelssohn’s homage to the late quartets of the recently deceased Beethoven – are also miraculous products of the composer’s teenage years. The Quintet is quite beautifully done here, but the Quartet, like the late Quintet, Op. 87, is rather lacking in tension and urgency. Woldemar Bargiel was Schumann’s brother-in-law. For all its obvious weaknesses, his Octet contains some attractive ideas, and Divertimenti’s performance makes a strong case for it. Divertimenti is impressive in the Mendelssohn, too – though its finale is not quite as exhilarating as Hausmusik’s; and in the last resort neither group can quite match the élan of the ASMF Chamber Ensemble.
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players - Brahms: String Quintets (2017)

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players - Brahms: String Quintets (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 250 MB
Label: PentaTone ‎– PTC5186663 | Tracks: 07 | Time: 59:04 min
Classical, Chamber, Romantic Era

Radiant, expansive, lyrical and utterly compelling, Brahms’s richly rewarding string quintets are exuberantly unleashed by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players in this album.

The Nash Ensemble - Brahms: The String Quintets (2009)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Dec. 8, 2017
The Nash Ensemble - Brahms: The String Quintets (2009)

The Nash Ensemble - Brahms: The String Quintets (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 55:40 | 291 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Onyx Classics | Catalog: ONYX 4043

The two String Quintets are considered to be among Brahms' greatest chamber works. The first was a favorite of the composer, and he wrote to his publisher that, 'you'll never receive anything more beautiful from me.' The second was written when Brahms had all but retired. When he delivered the work to the publisher he wrote, 'with this note you can take leave of my music, because it is high time to stop.' The Nash Ensemble, having recently celebrated their 40th anniversary, are having something of a golden period. Their previous Onyx discs of Turnage and Mendelssohn received rave reviews.
L'Orfeo Barockorchester & Michi Gaigg - Mendelssohn: String Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2017)

L'Orfeo Barockorchester & Michi Gaigg - Mendelssohn: String Symphonies, Vol. 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 65:39 min | 322 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

The LOrfeo Baroque Orchestra led by Michi Gaigg created a sensation with its first Mendelssohn recording. The Hessian Radio, for instance, stated that the string symphonies have been produced countless times, recorded and released on CD.
David Oistrakh String Quartet - Grieg: String Quartet No. 1 - Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 (2017)

David Oistrakh String Quartet - Grieg: String Quartet No. 1 - Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 64:32 min | 332 MB
Label: MUSO | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2017

The first recording of the David Oistrakh Quartet received much praise from the press ("No sooner formed, this young quartet already reaches excellence."). Achieving comparison with the Borodin and the Beethoven Quartets, this young group offers an impassioned performance of Grieg and Mendelssohn: a powerful, contrasted, physical and always subtly emotional performance.