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)
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.
Anner Bylsma plays Boccherini: Cello Concertos & Sonatas, Fugues, String Quintets, Symphonies (5CDs) [2010]

Anner Bylsma plays Boccherini: Cello Concertos & Sonatas, Fugues, String Quintets, Symphonies (5CDs) [2010]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.59 Gb | Total time: 05:57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697685192 | Recorded: 1977, 1988, 1992

Though born in Italy, Luigi Boccherini was based for most of his life in Madrid, where he played the cello and wrote more than a hundred string quintets. They’re perfectly formed from the simplest chords, and not without their touches of profundity. The cello sonatas sound at times too much like performers’ music. The explanation lies in changing styles of string technique and the rise of the piano, though Anner Bylsma’s playing gives them a new lease of life.
– Nicholas Williams
Quatuor Arod - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4 - 4 Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 (2017) [24/96]

Quatuor Arod - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4 - 4 Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:08 minutes | 1.31 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Arod Quartet, founded just four years ago in Paris, makes its debut on Erato with an album of Mendelssohn, tracing his life through his works for string quartet. The composer has been important for the ensemble, not least by helping it win two major competitions.
Bartholdy Quintet - Bruckner - Zemlinksy: String Quintets (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Bartholdy Quintet - Bruckner - Zemlinksy: String Quintets (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 69:01 minutes | 713 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Very few permanent ensembles of five string performers can be found on today’s chamber music scene, despite the fact that the string quintet genre features a number of beautiful works by the likes of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Dvořák.
Quatuor Arod - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4 - 4 Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 (2017)

Quatuor Arod - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4 - 4 Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 77:08 min | 374 MB
Label: Erato / Warner Classics | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

The Arod Quartet, founded just four years ago in Paris, makes its debut on Erato with an album of Mendelssohn, tracing his life through his works for string quartet. The composer has been important for the ensemble, not least by helping it win two major competitions.
Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6 (2016)

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6 (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 363.15 Mb | 71:17 | Scans included
Classical | Country: USA | Label: BIS (BIS-SACD-2160)

The Escher Quartet opened their traversal of Mendelssohn’s string quartets with the first and the fourth quartet, along with an unnumbered early work in E flat major, on a disc which the reviewer in The Strad summed up as a ‘A deeply rewarding release … and by any standards a distinguished one.’ The same magazine made the sequel – with the second and third quartets – its recommendation in the November issue of 2015, while the reviewer on MusicWeb-International found the performances on that disc to be ‘some of the most beautiful string quartet playing I have heard in many a day’. On the third and final disc in the series, time has come for the two final quartets, as well as the Capriccio and Fugue from the set of Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 begun on the previous instalment.
Elan Quintet - Onslow: String Quintets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 10 & 22 (2017)

Elan Quintet - Onslow: String Quintets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 10 & 22 (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:05:43 | 150 Mb
Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naxos Records

It was Robert Schumann who praised the Anglo-French Georges Onslow, alongside Mendelssohn, as one of the successors to the chamber music legacy of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. His string quintets were intended for a market of cultivated amateurs, with parts for a second cello or bass. No. 10 in F minor, Op. 32 reflects Beethoven’s influence, its Sturm und Drang elements revealing a masterly balance between the stable and unpredictable. No. 22 in E flat major, lively and playful, offers an almost Schubertian songfulness. Of the first volume (8.573600) Gramophone wrote: ‘these five players make a beguiling case for this music’.
Danilo Rossi & Quartetto Sandro Materassi - Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)

Danilo Rossi & Quartetto Sandro Materassi - Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:58:36 | 135 MB
Label: onClassical

Named for their teacher and mentor Sandro Materassi, the Quartetto Sandro Materassi are joined by violist Danilo Rossi for this recording of Brahms's two string quintets. Written in 1882 and 1890 respectively, these are masterpieces of the string chamber music repertoire, and are performed by these musicians with the tenderness and intensity essential for conveying their inner magic.