Erato 0825646366903 (2 CDs)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80 (25:04)
The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet sheds new light on Mendelssohn with three works from three distinct periods in the composer’s career: his late adolescence, the year before he turned 30, and the final months of his short life, overshadowed by the death of his beloved sister. The quartets of Mendelssohn featured prominently in the Artemis Quartet’s performing schedule for 2012 and 2013. They appeared on programs with works by Beethoven and Schubert, but also – more unexpectedly – alongside arrangements of Bach by Astor Piazzolla and music by Alberto Ginastera.