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Mendelssohn at the museum
By JOHN FLEMING
Published May 31, 2007
Like countless other composers, Mendelssohn was inspired by Beethoven. As a precocious teenager, he heard Beethoven's late string quartets and was moved to try his hand at the form. One of the results of that inspiration, Mendelssohn's Op. 13 String Quartet in A minor, tops the program of the St. Petersburg, Russia, String Quartet this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
The quartet - Boris Vayner, viola; David Cherneyavsky, second violin; Alla Aranovskaya, first violin; and Leonid Shukayev, cello - plays the Mendelssohn on its latest CD on the Marquis label, which also includes Dvorak's Op. 96 String Quartet in F major (American). On Sunday the group will play Smetana's String Quartet in E minor (From My Life) and a new quartet by Natalya Medvedovskaya. $8, $15. (727) 896-2667.