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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 Quintets and Octet

Although Bruch does not provide a scherzo as such, the allegro octeg finale incorporates scherzo elements, starting quite brightly and optimistically and ending with a coda. August starb Clara Bruch.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Home News Contacts Copyright. The Auer Quartet was formed in The present recording of the Mendelssohn stands up to the competition nicely, especially at a budget price.

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

Despite the circumstances of its composition, there is nothing valedictory about the octet: It’s a work of astonishing passion for a composer so young; one can practically hear Felix’s hormones coursing throughout this work. There’s one important difference though: Octet in B Flat Major, Op.


However, I think coupling the Bruch with the Mendelssohn is what makes this disc most desirable. The musicians take a sensible, middle-of-the-road approach — the phrase that comes to mind is “old school. 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.

Octet (Bruch, Max) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Octet in E Flat Major, Op. String Octet in B flat major, Op posth.

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Another difference otcet that Bruch’s Octet dispenses with a Scherzo movement. 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. Sometimes recordings of the Mendelssohn Octet pair an established quartet with a younger group. 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: Telarc’s recording, for example, nruch the Cleveland and Meliora Quartets, both associated with the Eastman School of Music.

April Total duration: Her passing and the parlous state of defeated Germany understandably depressed Bruch, but by the beginning of he was able to compose again. In contrast, Bruch’s Octet is a very late work, dating from the composer’s ninth decade.


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. Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet was written when he was 16, and immediately preceded his overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Don’t show me this message again.

Zu Beginn des Jahres konnte er allerdings wieder komponieren. I wouldn’t want this to be my only recording of the Mendelssohn, but it’s a good choice at any price. 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. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Bruch almost certainly knew Mendelssohn’s Octet, and it is likely that he remembered it or even referred to it as he composed his brjch Octet. There’s little about it that seems valedictory, however.