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Of Mendelssohn’s six quartets, the three here come from noticeably different periods – the teenage years (No 2), the peak of his career (No 3) and the months before his death at the age of 38 (No 6).

These glorious recordings radiate the emotional directness of all his best music, while capturing the questing spirit and tingling sensitivity of the Artemis’s recent tour performances. They confirm this ensemble’s burgeoning reputation as the interpreter of choice in the core German quartet repertoire.

Mendelssohn

String Quartets 2, 3 and 6

Artemis Quartet

Warner Classics, (2 CDs)

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