You would never guess that these amiable, good-natured pieces were the product of Max Bruch’s declining years, or indeed that they were. Sheet Music – £ – 4 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello, Double Bass (Full Score). Bruch, M. On this release, Naxos has thoughtfully combined the most popular string octet of them all with one that has been recorded just a few times, but deserves to be.

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In contrast, Burch Octet is a very late work, dating from the composer’s ninth decade. Bruch almost certainly knew Mendelssohn’s Octet, and it is likely that he remembered it or even referred to it as he composed his own Octet.

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Sometimes recordings of the Mendelssohn Octet pair an established quartet with a younger group. There’s little about it that seems valedictory, however. It’s a work of astonishing passion for a composer so young; one can practically hear Felix’s hormones coursing throughout this work. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.


Zu Beginn des Jahres konnte er allerdings wieder komponieren. Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet was written when he was 16, and immediately preceded his overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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BRUCH String Quintets and Octet

Don’t show me this message again. The E flat minor adagio begins with a singing theme and continues with a more ardent and positive theme in the major; after a march-like passage, the second theme returns and the movement ends quietly.

Telarc’s recording, for example, features the Cleveland and Meliora Quartets, both associated with the Eastman School of Music. Good studio sound complete booklet by annotator Keith Anderson add to the CD’s value. April Total duration: However, I think coupling the Bruch with the Mendelssohn is what makes this disc most desirable.

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Octet in B Flat Major, Op. Her passing and the parlous state of defeated Germany understandably depressed Bruch, but by the beginning of he was able to compose again.

I wouldn’t want this to be my only recording of the Mendelssohn, but it’s a good choice at any price. The Auer Quartet was formed in Home News Contacts Copyright. The site is also available in several languages. Despite the circumstances of its composition, there is nothing valedictory about the octet: Evidently unhappy with the third of his quintets, he recast it into a String Octet in B flat major for four violins, two violas, cello and bass.


Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. The musicians take a sensible, middle-of-the-road approach — the phrase that comes to mind is “old school.

After a slow introduction in which the viola takes the lead, the allegro moderato—in sonata form—makes effective use of a dramatic first theme and a lyrical second theme, with more development than we often hear from Bruch: Octet in E Flat Major, Op. The present recording of the Mendelssohn stands up to the competition nicely, especially at a budget price.

Another difference is that Bruch’s Octet dispenses with a Scherzo movement. String Octet in B flat major, Op posth.

On this release, Naxos has thoughtfully combined the most popular string octet of them all with one that has been recorded just a few times, but deserves to be better known.

There’s one important difference though: Although Bruch does not provide a scherzo as such, the allegro molto finale incorporates scherzo elements, starting quite brightly and optimistically and ending with a brhch.