Mendelssohn: Octet / Amati String Orchestra

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sextet for Piano and Strings in D major, Op. 110
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
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Notes & Reviews:

Mendelssohn was perhaps the most precociously gifted of all composers. As a child prodigy he stands out from other famous examples such as Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Britten as he reached musical maturity so quickly -- probably only Korngold can rival his precocious abilities. The two works on this CD are prime examples. Both were composed in the years 1824/5 when Mendelssohn was in his sixteenth year. The sheer effortlessness of the Octet, its textures, and the seamless way he writes for the 8 players has never been surpassed. Mendelssohn's inspiration to compose a work for 8 string players was probably inspired by the Double Quartets of Spohr.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hervormde Kerk Rhoon, The Netherlands (1966-1967).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sextet for Piano and Strings in D major, Op. 110
  • Performers: Alexander Hülshoff (Cello); Ron Ephrat (Viola); Jean Sassen (Double Bass); Liisa Tamminen (Viola); Dalia Ouziel (Piano); Gil Sharon (Violin)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 05/10/1824

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
  • Running Time: 32 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 10/15/1825