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Eroica Quartet & Friends
In their first release for the Resonus Classics label, the Eroica Quartet and Friends perform 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 16 years old and subsequently revised the score in 1832 for publication. This recording uses the original 1825 manuscript that is currently held in the US Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and which has now been put together for publication in a new edition.
Played on period instruments and with fingerings and bowings specific to the time, the legacy and influence Mendelssohn gained from his teacher Beethoven, is clear. This edition is immensely expressive and more indulgent than the revisions penned by the more mature, older man that he was seven years later.
‘Altogether it’s a splendid performance – a must for all who treasure this masterpiece’
BBC Music Magazine (Chamber Choice of the Month)
© 2011 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2011 Peter Hanson, under exclusive licence to Resonus Classics
Producer, engineer & editor: Adrian Hunter
Release date: 28 March 2011
‘Revelations abound in this revival of Mendelssohn’s first thoughts on his Octet’
The Strad – 'The Strad Recommends'
‘Altogether it’s a splendid performance – a must for all who treasure this masterpiece.’
BBC Music Magazine (Chamber Disc of the Month)
'The Eroicas and friends also adopt 19th-century approaches to style, in terms of bowing, portamento and vibrato. The result is a performance as exhilarating musically as absorbing as it is musicologically'
'[...] the quality is astonishing [...] bringing all the excitement and energy of this youthful piece to life'
'This scintillating performance gives us a fresh look at a work that has never lost its freshness'
'The label's first disc is a remarkable coup [...] a beautifully played account'
International Record Review
'[A] promising new label [...] The recording is warm and rounded [...] The performance by the Eroica Quartet and friends was all that I had expected'
'Playing and recording throughout are of a very high quality, with the ensemble able to move with ease from a relaxed intimacy to near orchestral authority. For those who have loved the work for years this is an essential addition.'
Mendelssohn: Octet, Op. 20