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|Moeran||String Quartet No.2 in E-flat|
|Mendelssohn||String Quartet in F minor Op. 80|
|Beethoven||String Quartet in E minor Op. 59/2 ‘Razumovsky No. 2’|
Mendelssohn’s wildly passionate F minor quartet, composed the year he died in 1847, is paired with Beethoven’s ambitious quartet in E minor – the second of the three commissioned by Count Razumovsky, the Russian ambassador to Vienna at the time. As Beethoven’s quartet features a Russian folk music theme, so Moeran’s second quartet draws upon Irish folk music, and like the Mendelssohn, it was also one of his last works, completed in 1950.