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Haydn, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos; Octet

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Violin no 1 in C major, H 7a no 1
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Violin no 4 in G major, H 7a no 4
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gil Shaham and Sejong Soloists' association extends back over a decade, the Haydn concerti and Mendelssohn Octet on this release benefiting from a US tour in April 2009 just prior to the recording sessions. Haydn and Mendelssohn may not be obvious bedfellows but there is considerable synergy in the composers and this repertoire. Both Haydn's C major and G major concerti date from the 1760s, still very much in his self proclaimed, "extended youthful period", together with the fresh and adventurous nature of the Octet, composed when Mendelssohn was still just a teenager. Haydn and Mendelssohn also shared a certain financial freedom that seemed to propel both to new heights of inspiration.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Violin no 1 in C major, H 7a no 1
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Sejong Soloists
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (09/06/2009-09/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1769

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Violin no 4 in G major, H 7a no 4
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Sejong Soloists
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (09/06/2009-09/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1769

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Sejong Soloists
  • Notes: LeFrak Hall, Queens College, City university of New York, USA (06/16/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 10/15/1825