It’s Mendelssohn’s birthday! Let’s celebrate!
February is Mendelssohn’s birthday month, and it’s also the month of Valentine’s Day. Felix wrote the Andante and Rondo Capriccioso for a girl he was smitten with, and his 2nd String Quartet is based on a gorgeous love song, «Ist es wahr?» (‘Is it true?’)!
Felix Mendelssohn: Andante and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12
Pacifica String Quartet: Simin Ganatra, violin; Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Brandon Vamos, cello
Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on November 5, 2013, and October 18, 2007 (string quartet).