Mendelssohn - Octet, Song without Words, Variations concertantes | Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord HMA1951868

Mendelssohn - Octet, Song without Words, Variations concertantes


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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord

Cat No: HMA1951868

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd December 2016



A year before writing the masterly Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Mendelssohn had already taught his elf and fairy cohorts to fly: in the Scherzo of the Octet, op.20, the centrepiece of a work composed in 1825, when its composer was only sixteen! Here, in evanescent, whispering semiquavers, a host of scintillating, fleeting sylphlike figures perform an extraordinary ghostly dance. But that is only one aspect of this dazzling youthful creation, which contains many other treasures. With just four violins, two violas and two cellos, the Octet opens wide the gates to a symphonic world full of promise...

“this delightful programme helps bring this often underrated composer right back into vogue.” - Anthony Holden, The Observer, 15 May 2005

“irresistible” - Duncan Druce, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, July 2005

“warm and zestful performances” - Robin Stowell, The Strad, July 2005

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