In a post written by CBC contributors Matthew Parsons and Robert Rowat, the new CSQ CD featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn was named as one of the 10 best Canadian Classical Albums of 2015.
Best of 2015
5. Cecilia String Quartet, Mendelssohn: Op. 44, Nos. 1 & 2 (Analekta)
Last we heard from the Cecilias on record, they were playing Mozart concertos in chamber arrangements. Before that, they were exploring the fringes of the repertory on a disc of Janáček, Webern and Berg. This year's release sees them returning from left field for a straight-ahead performance of two Mendelssohn quartets.
But don't let the programming choices fool you: this is anything but unadventurous. From the first seconds of the disc, the Cecilia Quartet goes for broke. There is no point on this recording when it's possible to stop paying attention. — MP