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Composer(s):Bruch, MaxMendelssohn, Felix
Artist(s) Fejervari, Zsolt, double bass • Auer String Quartet, Ensemble • Kodaly Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557270
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Bruch’s ripely romantic late Octet (scored for 4 violins, 2 violas, cello and double bass)…has a genuine romantic sweep. Although the structure of the first movement seems partly modelled on Mendelssohn, there is no Scherzo. Instead, after a lovely song-like Adagio, with an Andante middle section (the highlight of the work), the finale has much of Mendelssohn’s infectious exuberance. It is played with persuasive warmth and conviction by the combined Kodály and Auer Quartets and is a thoroughly worthwhile addiction to the Bruch discography.


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