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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner

Mendelssohn: Octet; Boccherini: Quintet Op.37 No. 37 (CD)

Mendelssohn's Octet, Op. 20 occupies a proud place in the history of works by indecently young composers; it is doubtful whether even such prodigies as Mozart and Schubert produced such an extended, mature work at the age of sixteen. The coupling on this legendary recording is the much rarer Boccherini Quintet and is, like much of his music, gentle and genial.

Octet for Strings, Op. 20

Quintet in C Major for Cello and Strings, Op. 37 No. 7 (G.310)