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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Bruch: String Octet, String Quintets CD review – grace and verve | Music | The Guardian

Bruch almost certainly knew Mendelssohn’s Octet, brcuh it is likely that he remembered it or even referred to it as he composed his own Octet. The site is also available in several languages.

String Octet in B flat major, Op posth.

I wouldn’t want this to be my only recording of bruxh Mendelssohn, but it’s a good choice at any price. Sometimes recordings of the Mendelssohn Octet pair an established quartet with a younger group. It’s a work of astonishing passion for a composer so young; one can practically hear Felix’s hormones coursing throughout this work.

Good studio sound complete booklet by annotator Keith Anderson add to the CD’s value. 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. 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 coda. However, I think coupling the Bruch with the Mendelssohn is what makes this disc most desirable.


Don’t show me this message again. Telarc’s recording, for example, features the Cleveland and Meliora Quartets, both associated with the Eastman School of Music. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. April Total duration: 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 B Flat Major, Op.

String Octet Op posth

There’s one important difference though: Octet in E 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. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. 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. The Auer Quartet was formed in In contrast, Bruch’s Octet is a very late lctet, dating from the composer’s ninth decade.


Max Bruch – String Octet Op posth

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The E flat minor octey 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. Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet was written when he was 16, and immediately preceded his overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Despite the circumstances of its composition, there is nothing valedictory about the octet: There’s little about it that seems valedictory, however.

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. Zu Beginn des Jahres konnte er allerdings wieder komponieren. Another difference is that Bruch’s Octet dispenses with a Scherzo movement. The present recording of the Mendelssohn stands up to the competition nicely, especially bruvh a budget price.

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