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Mendelssohn: String Symphonies Nos. 9 - 12; Octet (2CD)

A comprehensive survey of the young Mendelssohn at his most prodigiously accomplished, in superbly cultivated performances by a classic Italian ensemble.

Almost everything Mendelssohn composed during his teenage years is graced with the spirit of the Baroque and in these string symphonies he flexes youthful muscle in explorations of harmony, rhythm, structure and scoring.

While the melodic freshness and contrapuntal facility of the symphonies are remarkably precocious, the Octet is still more astonishing as the work of a fully formed creative mind, operating at the height of its power and imagination at just sixteen years of age.

TRACK LIST

CD 1
FELIX MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 10 in B minor for strings, Op. posth.
Symphony No. 11 in F major for strings, Op. posth.
Symphony No. 12 in G minor for strings, Op. posth.

CD 2
Symphony No. 9 in C minor for strings, Op. posth.
Octet in E flat major, Op. 20

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