Both of Mendelssohn’s (two-viola) String Quintets are mellifluous masterpieces, music of great expressive depth, although the edgy if typically mercurial Scherzo of No.1 (A-major, Opus 18) might surprise, and passions certainly run high in the fleet first movement of No.2 (B-flat, Opus 87). The Doric String Quartet and guest Timothy Ridout do these scores’ emotions, elegances and eloquences proud, beautifully recorded by Jonathan Cooper at Potton Hall (May 2021), complemented by an illuminating booklet essay from Bayan Northcott. Chandos CHAN 20218.

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