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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The E flat minor adagio begins with a singing theme and continues brucn a more ardent and positive theme in the major; after a march-like passage, the second theme returns and the movement ends quietly. I wouldn’t want this to be my only recording of the Mendelssohn, but it’s a good choice at any price. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

Octet (Bruch, Max)

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, brucg deserves to be better known. Her passing and the parlous state of defeated Germany understandably depressed Bruch, but by the beginning of he was able to compose again.

Octet in B Flat Major, Op. Octet in E Flat Major, Op. It’s a ocett of astonishing passion for a composer so young; one can practically hear Felix’s hormones coursing throughout this work.


The Auer Quartet was formed in Brich site is also available in several languages. Good studio sound complete booklet by annotator Keith Anderson add to the CD’s value.

Sometimes recordings of the Mendelssohn Octet pair an established quartet with a younger group.

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Octrt 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. However, I ocyet coupling the Bruch with the Mendelssohn is what makes this disc most desirable. 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.

In contrast, Bruch’s Octet is a very late work, dating from the composer’s ninth decade.

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There’s little about it that seems valedictory, however. Telarc’s recording, for example, features the Cleveland and Meliora Quartets, both associated with the Eastman School of Music. String Octet in B flat major, Op posth. April Total duration: Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a octrt version or update your Flash plugin.

Home News Contacts Copyright. Although Bruch does not provide a scherzo as such, the allegro hruch finale incorporates scherzo elements, starting quite brightly and optimistically and ending with a coda.

Evidently unhappy with the third of his quintets, he recast it into brkch String Octet in B flat major for four violins, two violas, cello and bass. The present recording of the Mendelssohn stands up to the competition nicely, especially at a budget price.


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Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. The musicians take a sensible, middle-of-the-road approach — the phrase that comes to mind is “old school.

Another difference is that Bruch’s Octet dispenses with a Scherzo movement. Don’t show me this message again. August starb Clara Bruch. 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 one important difference though: Zu Beginn des Jahres konnte er allerdings wieder komponieren.

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: