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Mozart: String Quar­tet in D mi­nor K421; Men­delssohn: Quar­tet in A mi­nor Op 13 ★★★★

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Mozart’s String Quar­tet in D mi­nor is one of the rich­est works in the group of six that the com­poser fa­mously ded­i­cated to Haydn in 1785. Men­delssohn’s String Quar­tet in A mi­nor was writ­ten by a pre­co­cious 18-year-old in 1827, when he was fired up by the late quar­tets of Beethoven. The his­tor­i­cally con­cerned play­ers of Alina Ibrag­i­mova’s Chiaroscur­o Quar­tet bring the works closer to­gether than you might ex­pect, han­dling the Men­delssohn in a way that’s more tonally aus­tere than usual, the Mozart in a way that’s more per­sonal and ro­man­tic. Com­mon to both is the deep con­sid­er­a­tion to which the mu­sic has been sub­jected, and the play­ers’ will­ing­ness to em­brace un­ortho­dox out­comes. Don’t ex­pect an easy or un­con­tro­ver­sial ride in ei­ther

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