Frielinghaus Ensemble – Mendelssohn & Bruckner: String Quintets (2021)
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Anton Bruckner wrote music history with his symphonies. Little is known that he also created a chamber music work. The quintet in F major for two violins, two violas and cello, on the one hand, ties in with Bruckner’s symphonic gesture, but on the other hand brings the orchestral dimensions to a charming small format.
Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major has also long been overshadowed by his early octet and string quartets. Enthusiastic and lively in the corner movements, carefully worked through and sometimes with an almost orchestral sound effect, the quintet Mendelssohn shows at the height of his skills. It was first performed after his sudden death in 1847. Mendelssohn never heard the work in concert.
The Frielinghaus Ensemble has chosen these two works to represent the genre that experienced an early climax with Mozart and experienced many different forms throughout the 19th century.
The careers of the ensemble members are just as multifaceted – but they all share a love for chamber music. Gustav Frielinghaus is not only the first violinist of the Amaryllis Quartet, he also makes music with the Frielinghaus Ensemble in a variety of formations. The violinist Simon Kluth is a border crosser by conviction. He has performed at major festivals, but also makes guest appearances with his band, Klangheimlich, in clubs and cafés, and has launched a Germany-wide “Composer Slam”. Simone Jandl is principal violist of the original sound ensemble Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a member of a number of important chamber orchestras. Her colleague Alejandro Regueira Caumel, on the other hand, is solo violist with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. And the cellist Jakob Stepp, who has played string quartet with his siblings at the highest level since childhood, now gives concerts with numerous chamber music formations.
01. String Quintet in B-Flat Major, Op. 87 I. Allegro vivace
02. String Quintet in B-Flat Major, Op. 87 II. Allegretto scherzando
03. String Quintet in B-Flat Major, Op. 87 III. Adagio e lento
04. String Quintet in B-Flat Major, Op. 87 IV. Allegro molto vivace
05. String Quintet in F major, WAB 112 I. Gemassigt
06. String Quintet in F Major, WAB 112 II. Scherzo. Schnell – Trio. Langsamer
07. String Quintet in F major, WAB 112 III. Andante (Adagio)
08. String Quintet in F major, WAB 112 IV. Finale. Lebhaft bewegt