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Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings, Op. 20; Boccherini: Cello Quintet, Op. 37 No. 7

Notes & Reviews:

Penguin Guide
This 1968 performance by the ASMF is fresh and buoyant and the recording wears its years lightly. It offers fine judgement in matters of clarity and sonority and is coupled with a highly desirable and much less well-known work by Boccherini.

All Music Guide
To the recording's qualifications as "legendary" there is no argument. The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields players (Neville Marriner on violin among them) are superb in the young Mendelssohn's dense, rich, but rather unwieldy octet...The high-tech remastering vaunted here does its job; the sound matches the standards of a well-engineered LP from the late 1960s. This is a recording that was fresh in its own time and has lost none of its freshness today.

Gramophone Magazine
The whole work is splendidly done [... ] There is a knife-edge tautness about their performance [of the Scherzo] that is extraordinarily gripping' (Mendelssohn) [... ] the minuet is a lollipop, at least as pretty as the Boccherini minuet ... All in all, then, this is a most enjoyable work and very well played by all concerned. And very well recorded too.

MusicWeb International, 28th August 2013
When you hear the superbly ebullient, well phrased and sensitive opening to the Octet in this clear, well balanced and very lifelike recording it is hard to believe that it was recorded nearly half a century ago.


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