Budapest String Quartet - Mendelssohn & Schumann
Rudolf Serkin (piano) Budapest Quartet
In the years 1837-42, Mendelssohn was at the height of his humanist glory, concurrently violinist, viola player, pianist, composer, conductor (of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig), still a painter in his all too rare spare time, and a newlywed… "At the moment, everything comes so easily and so nicely under my pen", he wrote, the Opus 44 Quartets with their radiant, virtuoso allegros and slow movements tinged with nostalgia—irresistible ‘songs without words’ for strings. Schumann’s String Quartets and Piano Quintet are considered his finest compositions and major works of 19th-century chamber music. This Op.44 revolutionised the instrumentation and musical character of the piano quintet and established it as a quintessentially romantic genre.