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Hofmann: Octet, Op. 80; Serenade, Op. 65; Sextett, Op. 25 / Berolina Ensemble

Album Summary

>Hofmann, Heinrich : Octet for 2 violins, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, horn & bassoon in F major, Op. 80
>Hofmann, Heinrich : Serenade for flute, 2 violins, viola, cello & double bass in D major, Op. 65
>Hofmann, Heinrich : Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos in E minor, Op. 25
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Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
Listening to these pieces reveals Hofmann as a traditionalist; his music is tasteful and refined, characterized by formal clarity, a natural simplicity and an ingratiating charm... The very generous 78 minute program is performed with impeccable technique and musicality by the Berolina Ensemble... They've scored a hit with this release, beautifully recorded by the audiophile MD&G label, making it an absolute success on all levels. ... read more ...

Heinrich Hofmann was from a modest background, but his musical talent was discovered and promoted even during his early years. As a child, he earned his first pennies in an opera choir, thorough training in piano and composition followed, and with his stage works and secular cantatas the young composer scored great successes not only in Germany but also in England and the United States.

Hofmann's chamber music is of special interest. The instrumentation itself is often original. T he Octet for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Violoncello is like a classical serenade, but at the same time it has a deeply felt romantic tone and is very original in its formal design.

The Serenade for Flute and String Quintet marked by the contrast between virtuoso flute parts and intimate string parts is enchanting.

The Berolina Ensemble was practically predestined to perform Heinrich Hofmann's chamber music. Its young musicians, who have already earned impressive career credits, brilliantly display their technical perfection, approach to overall design, and fine sense of sound.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Hofmann's music is highly attractive in sound. The Octet is one of the happiest, most conversational pieces I have heard from this period. The games the instruments are playing together are worth the price of admission. The Berolina Ensemble is clearly enjoying it, and they play with polish and perfection. The following Serenade is a beautifully unified work that blends the flute with the strings in an effective way. The Sextet is more serious, full of energy and poetry by turns. All of these pieces remain in my memory more for sound and sensibility than for melody and emotional depth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (07/09/2012-07/11/2012).



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>Hofmann, Heinrich : Octet for 2 violins, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, horn & bassoon in F major, Op. 80
  • Ensemble: Berolina Ensemble
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (07/09/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Hofmann, Heinrich : Serenade for flute, 2 violins, viola, cello & double bass in D major, Op. 65
  • Ensemble: Berolina Ensemble
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (07/09/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Hofmann, Heinrich : Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos in E minor, Op. 25
  • Ensemble: Berolina Ensemble
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (07/09/2012-07/11/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1874