Mendelssohn String Quartets Nos 5 & 6
Escher String Quartet
BIS BIS-2160 (hybrid CD/SACD)
Reviewed Christmas 2016
The New York-based Escher Quartet revels in the Classical elegance and virtuosity of Felix Mendelssohn’s E flat Quartet No. 5, delivering playing marked by exemplary textural clarity and astonishing precision of ensemble. In the F minor Quartet No. 6 they project the desperate anxiety that lies right at the heart of the music without ever resorting to unnecessary histrionics and over-exaggerated interpretative gestures.
Audio clip: Allegro vivace assai from String Quartet No. 6 in F minor