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Mendelssohn, Bruch: Octets / Kodály Quartet, Auer Quartet

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> String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 - I. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco
> String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 - II. Andante
> String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 - III. Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo
> String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 - IV. Presto
> String Octet in B flat major, Op. posth. - I. Allegro moderato
> String Octet in B flat major, Op. posth. - II. Adagio
> String Octet in B flat major, Op. posth. - III. Allegro molto

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Octet for strings
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With its elfin Scherzo reminiscent of the music for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' a slow movement of ethereal beauty and a jubilant last movement of perpetual motion, Mendelssohn's 'Octet' Is one of the great masterpieces of chamber music. Conceived in orchestral terms, it is an astonishing feat of virtuosity from a sixteen-year old. Bruch's genial 'Octet,' one of his last works, has something of Mendelssohn's exuberance and lightness of texture.

Classical Candor
Like so many musical geniuses, German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847) was a child prodigy, producing his famous Octet in E flat major, Op. 20, at the age of sixteen. The music is filled with the youthful high spirits we would expect, yet it's also got the captivating magic and maturity so eloquently and zestfully displayed in his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which he wrote around the same time in 1825.



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
  • Notes: Phoenix Studios, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/2003-06/07/2003)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 10/15/1825

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Octet for strings
  • Performer: Zsolt Fejérváry (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Phoenix Studios, Budapest, Hungary (06/05/2003-06/07/2003)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1920