MENDELSSOHN: Octet Op. 20,

Albumblatt Op. 117, Romance sans paroles Op. 109, Variations concertantes Op. 17

1 CD - harmonia mundi HMA1951868
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Ensemble Explorations, , Roel Dieltiens
original title: Mendelssohn: Octet Op.20 / Ens Explorations, Dieltiens
collection: Musique d'abord

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  • 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

    Duncan Druce, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, July 2005

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

  • Ensemble Explorations

    Roel Dieltiens

    Ensemble Explorations,
    Roel Dieltiens [cello]
    Frank Braley [piano]
  • 1 CD - 0h 49mn 37s
    upc/ean. 3149020186831
    ref. HMA1951868
    release date. 2016-12-02

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