Mendelssohn, Bruch: Octets / Kodály Quartet, Auer Quartet

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The Kodály and Auer Quartets join forces to produce these exceptionally enjoyable performances of the Mendelssohn and Bruch Octets (the latter joined by Zsolt Fejérvári on the double bass). The combined ensembles sound of uniform mind and spirit in both works, playing with a sense of joyous abandon in the Mendelssohn and sinewy vigor in the Bruch. The rich string tone lends an ingratiating warmth to the collective sound, while the players' impeccable musicianship assures that every note registers, even in the many rapid ostinatos that comprise much of the Mendelsson. The Kodály and Auer play from the heart as well as the head, certainly so in their delicate phrasing in the tender slow movements. Naxos' close-perspective recording keeps the performers at a comfortable distance while providing ample space for the string timbres to naturally resonate. This one's an easy recommendation: beautiful, stimulating music, marvelous performances, and excellent recording all at the Naxos price. What more could you ask for?

--Victor Carr Jr,

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8557270

  • UPC: 747313227020

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, Max Bruch

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Auer String Quartet, Kodály String Quartet

  • Performer: Zsolt Fejérvári