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Playlists for September 26-30: Mendelssohn, Schumann & Brahms String Quartets

This week we open to one of the most delightful and storied chapters of the string quartet’s history, centering around the works of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.

Monday

Mendelssohn: Octet In E Flat For Strings, Op. 20, III
Guarneri String Quartet, Orion String Quartet
Arab 6714
4:31
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Mendelssohn: “Ist es wahr?”, Op. 9 No. 1
Baker, s.; Parsons, p.
EMI 573836
1:38
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Mendelssohn: String Quartet #2 In A Minor, Op. 13
Emerson Quartet
DG B0003888
15:27, 13:47
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Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12, I & II
Quatuor Ysaÿe
London 436325
11:11
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Tuesday

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 44/2, Mvt. I
Emerson Quartet
DG B0003888
10:27, (:30,:57, excerpts)
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Mendelssohn: Scherzo in E Major
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille 9000082
3:53 (:24, excerpt)
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Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 5 in E Flat, Op. 44/3, Mvt. 2
Emerson Quartet
DG B0003888
4:06
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Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op.44, Mvt. I, & ll, III
Guarneri Quartet
ARABESQUE 6714
14:59, (1:03, 1:06, excerpts)
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Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80, Mvmt. I & III
DG B0003888
Emerson Quartet
14:04
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Wednesday

Schumann: String Quartet #1 In A Minor, Op. 41/1
St. Lawrence Quartet
EMI 56797
13:49, 13:26 (:30 & :20 excerpts)
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Schumann: String Quartet In F Major, Op. 41/2
Melos Quartet
DG 423670
22:02
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Thursday

Schumann: String Quartet #3 In A, Op. 41, No. 3
St. Lawrence Quartet
EMI 56797
8:11, 23:26 (:50, :49 excerpts)
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Brahms: String Quartet #1 In C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 – I & II
Emerson Quartet
DG 0008718
15:53 (1:34 excerpt, III mvt.)
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Friday

Brahms: String Quartet #2 In A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
Emerson Quartet
DG 000871802
21:09, 11:26
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Brahms: String Quartet #3 In B Flat, Op. 67, II & III
Emerson Quartet
DG 000871802
14:34 (1:16, 4:11 excerpts of mvt. IV)
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3 Responses to “Playlists for September 26-30: Mendelssohn, Schumann & Brahms String Quartets”

  1. Kermit Krueger says:

    I was somewhat surprised with your observation last night (Monday) about how the string quartet all but disappeared in the 19th century. While that is true among those 19th century musicians who have remained popular throughout the 20th century, it is not necessarily true of 19th century composers. Consider, for example Louis Spohr. He was considered one of the century’s greatest composers in his own time, though his reputation was dismissed until the late 20th century. Spohr wrote 36 string quartets (he was a violinist often mentioned in the same breath as the great Paganini) 34 of which were published in his life time. He created the double quartet in which two string quartets play antiphonally reflecting on the music of the other. He also wrote and published 7 string quintets. At least in Kassel, where Spohr lived and worked for most of his professional life, chamber music did not disappear. I am sure with a little research many more chamber pieces, including string quartets, from the 19th century could be found as worthy of merit to this day even if they are all but forgotten.

  2. christine oliver says:

    Hi — I was listening to WFMT Thursday evening and there was a program about music and movies and the commentator was describing a french movie about joan of arc – jean de pouse? and the music he played from the movie was amazing — he said the composer but i was driving – can you send the name of the music and the composer and IF i can purchase thru WFMT – He also made reference about the war between the English and French and the music was very heroic with drums and brass/trumpets – very medieval – please help if you are able. thanks, christine

  3. christine oliver says:

    ps — also if you have any other suggestions of this type of music, it would be greatly appreciated.
    the kind from the french movie with drums and trumpets – medieval heroic war music – thanks, co

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