Chiaroscuro Quartet: Mozart and Mendelssohn | Album Review

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor K421; Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor Op 13Chiaroscuro QuartetAparté AP 0924

Chiaroscuro Quartet Mozart, Mendelssohn
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Artist: Chiaroscuro Quartet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn
Genre: Classical
Label: Aparté

Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor is one of the richest works in the group of six that the composer famously dedicated to Haydn in 1785.

Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor was written by a precocious 18-year-old in 1827, when he was fired up by the late quartets of Beethoven.

The historically concerned players of Alina Ibragimova’s Chiaroscuro Quartet bring the works closer together than you might expect, handling the Mendelssohn in a way that’s more tonally austere than usual, the Mozart in a way that’s more personal and romantic.

Common to both is the deep consideration to which the music has been subjected, and the players’ willingness to embrace unorthodox outcomes.


Don’t expect an easy or uncontroversial ride in either piece.

Michael Dervan

Michael Dervan

Michael Dervan is a music critic and Irish Times contributor