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Mendelssohn's Octet
« on: March 30, 2008, 11:23:19 AM »
I'm looking for a good recording of this any recommendations? Thanks in advance.  :-*
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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008, 12:13:05 PM »
When I was first looking for this work, I stumbled on the Concertante Chamber Players' CD at the store, bought it, and loved it. I don't know who the group is, I've never heard anyone else talk about this disc, and I've never seen a review, but it's really good and I have never felt the need to look for another recording.  :)

There's a lot of love here for the Naxos disc with the Kodaly and Auer Quartets; I've heard it a few times and it sounds pretty much the same - so, it's really good too, but I don't need it because I already have a performance just like it.  :)

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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008, 12:23:09 PM »
I'm looking for a good recording of this any recommendations? Thanks in advance.  :-*

You will have many good choices, I'm sure, but here's mine. It is a great Mendelssohn CD (2) overall; the Octet is brilliant, and the price is right!  ;D




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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008, 12:31:16 PM »
I have the Naxos, very nice but maybe not that big a deal - the Bruch octet on that disc is best IMO.

My favourite is by Hausmusik (HIP):    A very beautiful non-HIP performance:

     

And I'm myself wondering how this new issue is like, can anyone comment?



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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008, 01:12:12 PM »
Janacek/Smetana SQ's (1959). Unbeatable...
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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2008, 03:38:50 PM »

And I'm myself wondering how this new issue is like, can anyone comment?



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I had their recording of some Brahms quintets, awful.  Sound was dismal, despite the SACD technology.


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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008, 09:00:10 PM »
You will have many good choices, I'm sure, but here's mine. It is a great Mendelssohn CD (2) overall; the Octet is brilliant, and the price is right!  ;D





I own the same CD , stunning, very beautifully played.

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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2008, 01:19:52 AM »
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I'm looking for a good recording of this any recommendations? Thanks in advance.


The version of the Quartets Janacek and the Smetana is not recent, but remains the best I ever heard. It is in SUPRAPHON and it includes an extraordinary version of the first Trio by the Suk Trio.

Another remarkable version, the one of the Wiener Oktett (DECCA) including the best version of Beethoven's Septet.

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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2008, 01:39:23 AM »
I own the same CD , stunning, very beautifully played.

I have this and the L'Archibudelli+Smithsonian recording (coupled with the Gade 8tet) which is even more stirring in some passages (e.g. the long crescendo at the end of 1st movement development section). 
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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2008, 08:09:58 AM »
Kodaly + Auer on Naxos, unbeatable price, and a performance with soul. Exciting and beautiful at the same time, grab it!

Howard  ;D

(No, i am not a salesperson for Naxos  :P)

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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2008, 08:35:06 AM »


This one?

Clips sound good.. the Andante & esp. that powerhouse final Presto mvt. 8)

Exactly. I know this piece quite well. You won't go wrong with this recording. The octet is actually VERY VERY difficult to perform. Many "recording artists" screw it up. Too many examples. This is not one of them. ENJOY!  ;D

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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2008, 08:37:32 AM »
Where does this one stand?


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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2008, 08:47:42 AM »
Where does this one stand?



Never heard of it.  ;D But, one can never finish listening to all of them can they. (Except that guy who created the Eroica project website, maybe...)

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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2008, 02:48:40 PM »
BBC Mag (Radio 3 Building a Library) chose that Telarc CD for its top choice. Wonder if it any good?


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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2008, 03:00:17 PM »
Where does this one stand?



Crystal clear sound and good* performances. The price is right as well. :)

(meaning that it didn't sound distinctly bad enough to hinder my enjoyment of the pieces, but I'm probably not the greatest judge in these matters.)

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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2008, 09:21:48 PM »
What!  No love for the Emersons + the Emersons?  I thought it gave a whole new meaning to the term "Playing with yourself".
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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2008, 09:30:40 PM »
Since this thread began early yesterday I've listened to the Octet three times.  ;D

What!  No love for the Emersons + the Emersons?  I thought it gave a whole new meaning to the term "Playing with yourself".
;D ;D ;D

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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2008, 07:21:06 AM »
What!  No love for the Emersons + the Emersons?  I thought it gave a whole new meaning to the term "Playing with yourself".
I listened to it...yeah...good effort...but yeah... ::)

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« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2008, 07:41:40 AM »
What!  No love for the Emersons + the Emersons?  I thought it gave a whole new meaning to the term "Playing with yourself".

Yup, love it.  Let the insults fly.  ;)

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Re: Mendelssohn's Octet
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2022, 04:22:41 PM »
Okay this thread is ancient but I didn't want to needlessly create a new one for the same topic.

I have a great period instrument recording of the Octet but was wanting recommendations for a modern instrument recording.
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