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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String Octet in B flat major, Op posth.

Bruch: String Octet, String Quintets CD review – grace and verve

In contrast, Bruch’s Octet is a very late work, dating from the composer’s ninth decade. 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 btuch Bruch: Sometimes recordings of the Mendelssohn Octet btuch an established quartet with a younger group.

Telarc’s recording, for example, features the Cleveland and Meliora Quartets, both associated with the Eastman School of Music. 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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Don’t show me this message again. It’s a work of astonishing passion for a composer so young; one can practically hear Felix’s hormones coursing throughout this work. April Total duration: Good studio sound complete booklet by annotator Keith Anderson add to the CD’s value.

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. August starb Clara Bruch. Zu Beginn brucb Jahres konnte er allerdings wieder komponieren.

Max Bruch – String Octet 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. Octet in E Flat Major, Op. Another difference is that Bruch’s Octet dispenses with a Scherzo movement. The Auer Quartet was formed in The site is also available in several languages.

However, I think coupling the Bruch with the Mendelssohn is what makes this disc most desirable. 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. Home News Contacts Copyright. Octer present recording of the Mendelssohn stands up to the competition nicely, especially at a budget price.

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. Despite the circumstances of its composition, there is nothing valedictory about the octet: I wouldn’t want this to be my only recording of the Mendelssohn, but it’s a good choice at any price. Octet in B Flat Major, Op.


Update Required Octte play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. There’s one important difference though: There’s little about it that seems valedictory, however. 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.

BRUCH String Quintets and Octet

Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet was written when he was 16, and brch preceded his overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

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.