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The Willoughby String Quartet :
Louis Willoughby (violin) ;
Clayton Hare (violin) ;
Max Gilbert (viola) ;
Peter Beaven (violoncello)
The F major String Quartet of Schumann is the second of three quartets dedicated to Mendelssohn which Schumann composed in the remarkably short space of five weeks. It is, however, an unequal work, but, as Ernest Walker points out, it rises to great heights in the Variations that form its slow movement ; particularly so in the variation where rich quiet chords melt into one another in deeply expressive harmonies. No more finely imaginative inspiration ever came to Schumann '.
Mendelssohn's chamber music contains some of his best and most fascinating works, notably the Octet in F for strings (composed at the age of sixteen), the Piano Trios in C minor and D minor, and the six String Quartets, which, if unequal in quality of inspiration, contain movements of transparent beauty.
The Quartet No. 1 in E flat is thoroughly representative of Mendelssohn's style, with its richness and beauty of melody, polished workmanship, and clarity of detail and design. In this quartet the usual scherzo movement gives place to the well-known pizzicato Canzonetta which is an irresistible flash of genius.


Violin: Louis Willoughby
Violin: Clayton Hare
Viola: Max Gilbert
Viola: Peter Beaven
Unknown: Ernest Walker

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