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Listen  1. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.1 in E flat, Op.12 - 1. Adagio non troppo; Allegro non tardante 7:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.1 in E flat, Op.12 - 2. Canzonetta: Allegretto 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.1 in E flat, Op.12 - 3. Andante espressivo 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.1 in E flat, Op.12 - 4. Molto allegro e vivace 7:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13 - 1. Adagio; Allegro vivace 7:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13 - 2. Adagio non lento 8:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13 - 3. Intermezzo; Allegretto con moto 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13 - 4. Presto 9:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 - 1. Allegro vivace assai 7:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 - 2. Allegro assai 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 - 3. Adagio 8:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 - 4. Finale: Allegro molto 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D, Op.44, No.1 - 1. Molto allegro vivace12:33£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D, Op.44, No.1 - 2. Menuetto. Un poco allegro 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D, Op.44, No.1 - 3. Andante espressivo ma con moto 5:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D, Op.44, No.1 - 4. Presto con brio 6:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op.44, No.2 - 1. Allegro assai appassionato10:20£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op.44, No.2 - 2. Scherzo. Allegro di molto 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op.44, No.2 - 3. Andante 6:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op.44, No.2 - 4. Presto agitato 6:28£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat, Op.44, No.3 - 1. Allegro vivace13:00£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat, Op.44, No.3 - 2. Scherzo: Assai leggiero vivace 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat, Op.44, No.3 - 3. Adagio non troppo 8:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat, Op.44, No.3 - 4. Molto allegro con fuoco 9:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81 - 1. Tema con Variazione 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81 - 2. Scherzo 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81 - 3. Capriccio 6:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81 - 4. Fuga 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Gemutlich Mendelssohn from the Ysaye Quartet 10 May 2006
By M. C. Passarella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you like your Mendelssohn mellow and refined, this may well be the set for you. Certainly, some of these works are genteel and angst free. This is especially true of the First and Fifth Quartets, and in these works and the slightly more dramatic No. 2, the Ysaye Quartet are at their best. They're at their very best in No. 5, which in its easy melodiousness and bubbling good spirits is like Hausmusic, the stuff 19th-century composers turned out for performance by amateurs in the home. Except that Mendelssohn's difficult music requires four first-rate performers. The last movement especially is Mendelssohn at his most smilingly infectious, and the Ysaye are hard to beat here.

In Quartet No. 4 (No. 2 of Opus 44), however, they are anything but passionate about Mendelssohn's appasionata first movement, and they are almost as low key in my favorite among the quartets, No. 3 (Opus 44 No. 1). A comparison with the Aurora Quartet, also at budget price on Naxos, is instructive. The Aurora throw themselves into the music with what seems like dangerous abandon, except that they maintain rock-solid intonation and hit every note like a master carpenter driving home a nail. The Ysaye slow down appreciably for the minor-key second melody and for parts of the development section. Their playing is so good you hardly notice, but they take about three minutes longer in this movement than do the Aurora. The result is that the music is seriously lacking in the elan it should have in a truly fine performance. But this is perhaps the only outright disappointment in the set.

Again, the Ysaye's performance of the Opus 80, Mendelssohn's final and greatest quartet, is moving when heard in isolation, but compare it with the white-hot intensity of the Aurora Quartet and you realize something is missing.

So for truly compelling readings of Nos. 3, 4, and 6, you'll have to look elsewhere. But for refined playing and an approach that brings out the Gemutlich charm of Mendelssohn, this is a very good set indeed. In terms of recording, at least, it is superior to the Aurora set, which lacks body and detail because of an overly resonant venue. Still, I'll return more often to the Aurora's performance of Nos. 3 and 6, for I think they have the measure of these two very different quartets.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Another fine offering by Trio. 23 Sept. 2005
By Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not only are the discs bargain-priced, but they are well-packaged with informative liner notes. The music is exceptional, and like much of Mendelssohn's chamberworks, it is not as celebrated as, say, the "Italian" Symphony or the Violin Concerto. However, the music spans much of Mendelssohn's composing life. The two early quartets, 1 & 2, Are written in a distinctly Beethovenian style with notable homage paid to Bach (there is a fair amount of counterpoint in the early pieces). The 3 middle quartets, op.44, are more in a classical vein than the earlier works, but show the composers skill with the style. The last quartet, written after the death of his sister, is a heart-rending masterwork on par with Mendelssohn's larger-scale masterpieces.
Being a fan of Mendelssohn, I could not resist the purchase. his scoring for strings is simply beautiful and that holds with these works. If you are interested in Mendelssohn through his popular works, you will find these works very accessible, and they will hold your attention. At this price it is worth a look.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Gem from "Trio" 6 Jun. 2004
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While I have criticized a few of the releases in Universal's new "Trio" series in my previous reviews, the vast majority of these 3CD sets are important reissues. Take for example, Mendelssohn's Complete String Quartets by Quatuor Ysaye (Christophe Giovaninetti, violin I; Luc-Marie Aguera, violin II; Miguel da Silva, viola; Michel Poulet, cello). Prior to this release, there were no competing titles from the major labels, and none at all available at a budget-price from the independents save Naxos. But filling a void in the catalog is worthless unless the performances are good, and rest assured that these digital recordings from 1993 & '96 hit their mark. If the "Trio" series continues to focus its efforts on releases such as this, it will be very successful.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must-have! 12 Aug. 2010
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Who today, apart from Mendelssohn specialists can claim to know more than one or two of his chamber works ? For better or worst, 160 years after Mendelssohn's death his chamber music remains isolated into a bubble of forgetfulness hovered by a mysterious and undeserved obscurantism.

To be honest, his chamber music is charming, inspired but never reaches the depth of Beethoven, for instance. Nevertheless, it should be not fair to disregard it just because it. The huge empty in the chamber music genre -as consequence of the death of Beethoven and Schubert- was significant. Only Schumann, Brahms Mendelssohn and in lesser degree Chopin, and thereafter Dvorak, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Faure, Sibelius, Saint Saens, Cesar Frank, Anton Arensky, Anton Rubinstein and Grieg contributed to expand in a good way the diffusion of this lovable genre. In fact the genre of string quartets is probably the most captivating and engaging of all his chamber works. And I am aware about the interpretative qualities of this superb quartet.

In sum and given the derisive prize of this set, you shouldn't miss this unbelievable bargain, taking into account what you are buying.

Recommended.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
beautiful execution 18 May 2014
By jacques merker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have choosen this beautiful presentation of Mendelssohn quartets because we want play one or two of these. I recommend this.
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