The Laursen Quartet performed :
String Quartet Op. 54, No. 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn and
String Quartet No.2 in A minor Op.13 by Felix Mendelssohn
About the Music
Composed in 1788 Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 54, No. 2 is one of 12 quartets written for Hungarian violinist Johann Tost. It is bold, virtuosic and forward looking. The second movement, an extraordinary adagio, is infused with elements of Hungarian gypsy music, slow, improvisatory and melancholic.
Passionate and romantic, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.2 in A minor Op.13 was composed in 1827 when Mendelssohn was just 18 years old. Beethoven, whose late string quartets fascinated Mendelssohn, had died just a few months previously. Beethoven’s influence can be seen throughout Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, especially in the Adagio with its slow, fugal section.
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