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RE 0101

Mendelssohn: Octet op. 20 (1825 version)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Eroica Quartet



Venue:

St Mary's Church, Highgate, London

31st May - 2nd June 2010

Producer:

Adrian Hunter


Adam Binks

Executive

Engineer:

Adrian Hunter



Record Label
Resonus

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 36:11
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Octet, op. 20

36:15  
  world premiere recording of the original 1825 version  
1 Allegro molto e vivace 15:57
2 Andante 8:42
3 Scherzo 4:46
4 Molto allegro e vivace 6:46
   
  Peter Hanson (violin 1)  
  Julia Hansen (violin 2)  
  Vicci Wardman (viola)  
  David Watkin (Cello)  
   
  with  
   
  Ken Aiso (violin 3)  
  Marcus Barsham-Stevens (violin 4)  
  Oliver Wilson (viola 2)  
  Robin Michael (cello 2)  
   
   

Mendelssohn: Octet, Op. 20 – The Eroica Quartet

Based in London and launched in the spring of 2011 by the co-directors Adam Binks and Jonathan Manners, Resonus Classics is the world’s first solely digital classical label, which offers high quality classical recordings exclusively through electronic media. Intending to release at least ten recordings a year, the artist-led label boasts a roster of established, acclaimed artists together with emerging talent and focuses on a wide range of repertoire and genres covering several hundred years of classical music.

In their first release for the Resonus Classics label, The Eroica Quartet and friends present the world premiere recording of the original 1825 version of Mendelssohn’s Octet, Op. 20.

Mendelssohn wrote the Octet in 1825 when he was just sixteen years old and revised the score in 1832 for publication. This recording uses the original 1825 manuscript, which is currently held in the US Library of Congress in Washington DC, and which has now been prepared for publication in a new edition.

Played on period instruments and with fingerings and bowings specific to the time, the work clearly shows the legacy and influence Mendelssohn received from his teacher, Beethoven. This edition is immensely expressive and more indulgent than the revised version penned by the older, more mature man that Mendelssohn was seven years later.



                    Chamber Choice

Performance *****      Recording ****

"...Altogether it’s a splendid performance - a must for all who treasure this masterpiece."

Roger Nichols - BBC Music Magazine - June 2011


"...I recommend it most warmly."


Nigel Simeone - International Record Record Review - April 2011

 




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