Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Octet in E-flat major for Strings (Label: Arabesque Recordings)
Felix Mendelssohn - Composer
The Orion String Quartet -Performer
The Guarneri String Quartet - Performer

Mendelssohn’s composition is rather unique in his very own way. I often find in his works, the subtleness and calmness that I have yet come across in other composers’ work.

Mendelssohn produced beautiful string quartets, tuneful and enchanting. Chamber music was an important part of Mendelssohn's output and by just being familiar with his orchestral work, one does not gain a full picture of his growth as a composer.

Mendelssohn composed this Octet when he was around 17, and it was a beautiful contribution to his chamber music history.

Both String quartets played both Mendelssohn’s work with impeccable technical skills. The Orion String Quartet and The Guarneri String Quartet had performed both the quartet and the octet with consummate mastery, with the Scherzo and Presto having a wonderfully bouncy energy.

Both the quartet and the octet have melodious themes that are repeated with variations that would make the audiences dance.

A string quartet is made up of a violin, a viola, a cello and a double-bass. And in this recording, the audience would get to experience the blending of a quartet, as well as the Octet, which is apparently a double-quartet.

~ Written by Boon Sin Ler

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