Boccherini : Quartet in E minor, Op.33 no.5
Beethoven : Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74 (the ‘Harp’)
Mendelssohn : Quartet in E flat major, Op.44 no.3
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Boccherini wrote nearly 100 string quartets, full of Rococo charm and melodic invention. Beethoven’s Op. 74 dates from his middle period, shortly after completion of his 5th Symphony. Mendelssohn’s quartet is in the same key as his Octet, and shares something of the same exuberant character.
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