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Complete String Quartets, The (Henschel Quartet) [Box set]

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Audio CD
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  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Arte Nova Classics
  • ASIN: B0009DC9CU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Cookson
Format:Audio CD
The Complete String Quartets (Henschel Quartet)

The eminent and world famous German based Henschel String Quartet under the leadership of first violin Christoph Henschel is notable in that three of the players are siblings. Their outstanding versions of the Mendelssohn String Quartets have previously only been available in three separate volumes on the Arte Nova label, without the advantage of the early String Quartet in E flat major (1823). Their Arte Nova set of the complete Mendelssohn String Quartets include the early String Quartet in E flat major (1823).

The aristocratic playing of the Henschels is so sparkling, exhilarating and consistently expertly performed throughout the complete works that this Arte Nova set is my first choice of all the available sets in this terrifically competitive market. These outstanding interpretations from the Henschels are surely the closest to Mendelssohn's favoured Viennese Classical period. I felt that these Henschel accounts would undoubtedly have won the advocacy of the ultra-classically orientated Mendelssohn as they consistently discover the tempi that seems to completely convey both the letter and the spirit of the music, and the most sparing use of vibrato feels just perfect. The ultra professional Henschels clearly have a special affinity for these scores and their scrupulously prepared interpretations are masterly illustrations of humane, old world music making. Recorded in Munich at the Bavaria Studio and the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the fine sound quality is clear and cool. The high standard annotation from Arte Nova has proved extremely useful. More good news is that these performances are available from Arte Nova at super-budget price. However, the reality is that this quite magnificent set of the complete Mendelssohn String Quartets from the Henschels would have been my first choice selection even at full price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My top pick 24 Nov 2013
By LDubz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I agree with Jac. The Henschel's performances are terrifically nuanced - they fully inhabit the music and bring it to life like no other ensemble. The acoustics and engineering are excellent.

I have sampled every other ensemble that ever recorded the Mendelssohn string quartets (quite a time investment!). The Melos Quartet on the DG label (Mendelssohn Streichquartette Complete String Quartets was a close second for me, but I found them to be shrill at times. For me, the Henschel Quartet represents the high water mark for the Mendelssohn string quartets, where this amazing music meets its match in terms of sheer performance talent and engineering quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mendelssohn champs 20 Dec 2012
By Jac F. Pouliot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the best recording of this set that I have ever heard! Their interpretation is in a class of its own.
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