Mendelssohn and Beethoven Quartets
We present here the final works of two master composers - Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 80 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 135. Both are wonderful quartets, exhibiting the composers at the height of their abilities, and yet we were struck by the extreme contrast in emotional worlds presented in the two works.
Although Mendelssohn lived a relatively happy life, we discover here the flip-side of his normally sunny personality, as he creates a work filled with dark turbulence and heartbreak. Alternatively, although Beethoven’s emotional struggles are widely documented, his final work is one of delightful capriciousness and joy, ending in a spirit of humorous fun.