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02 December 2008 @ 06:38 pm
Emerson play Mendelssohn  

Felix Mendelssohn-
String Quartet No. 2
Fugue for String Quartet
String Quartet No. 4
String Quartet No. 5
String Quartet No. 3
Capriccio for String Quartet
String Quartet No. 6
Andante Sostunuto & Variations for String Quartet
Scherzo for String Quartet
String Quartet in E flat major
Octet for Strings
Emerson Quartet

Review of Artists
Emerson is my favorite quartet for a reason. Their recording of the Octet is one of the most incredible things I have ever heard. They doubled the parts, recording the first parts, and then overlaying the other parts. It sounds incredible! Because its the same player playing the doulbed parts, it blends like no other group because every musician plays differently. If you get this, prepare for some major mind blowing performing.
Review of Pieces-
I'm not a big fan of Mendelssohn, but I love his chamber music. Although I love all of the pieces, the Octet is something special. It is one of those pieces that completely changed classical music forever. He took a musical leap for his time and created a masterpiece. This is one of the pieces that if you screw up, classical musicians will maul you. That's how important it is to classical musicians!

Octet for Strings

jra_calif on December 6th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
The String Symphonies....
I take it that you have heard at least one or two of Mendelssohn's string symphonies. I first discovered them about 30 years ago, and to think that these works were composed when he was just a TEENAGER!, no less, and to think also, that he wanted all 12 of them destroyed after his death. Even to this day, I think that they are so remarkable. But I would like to listen to this set of chamber music put out by the Emerson Quartet, I am sure that it is delightful, as is Schubert's final chamber piece, the String Quintet in C Major. Thanks for the post.