Mendelssohn: The String Quintets / Ridout, Doric String Quartet

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A Gramophone Editor's Choice

The Doric String Quartet is firmly established as one of the leading quartets of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics around the globe. Following their acclaimed recordings of Mendelssohn’s string quartets, here they are joined by leading violist Timothy Ridout for this album of his two string quintets. Mendelssohn's two String Quintets were written at the beginning and end of his short but remarkable compositional life. No 1 was written in 1826, shortly before the Overture to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', when Mendelssohn was just seventeen. No.2 was written in 1845, when he was thirty-six, a year before the premier of Elijah and just two years before his death.


This recording shows these quintets are one of [Mendelssohn’s] finest achievements, full of lyricism and power…with almost Beethovenian profundity. The energy of the players' account of Op. 87 is pretty irresistible.

-- The Guardian (UK)

Minutely attentive to Mendelssohn’s detailed dynamic and phrase markings, they yield to none in polish and precision. True to form, they characterize with gusto.

-- Gramophone (Editor's Choice, 4/2022)

Product Description:

  • Release Date: March 04, 2022

  • Catalog Number: CHAN 20218

  • UPC: 095115221822

  • Label: Chandos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Romantic

  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Doric String Quartet

  • Performer: Timothy Ridout


  1. String Quintet No. 1, Op. 18, MWV R21

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet

    Performer: Timothy Ridout

  2. String Quintet No. 2, Op. 87, MWV R33

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet

    Performer: Timothy Ridout