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Mendelssohn, Felix / Octet In E Flat, Op. 20, Quintet No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 87
Album:Octet In E Flat, Op. 20, Quintet No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 87 Collection:Classical
Artist:Mendelssohn, Felix Added:12/2014
Label:Sanctuary Records 

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Add Date:2014-12-12 Pull Date:2015-02-13 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:8 Feb25 Jan11 Jan
Airplays:111

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 30, 2015:Mix Tape: Classical
Octet In E Flat, Op. 20. I. Allegro Moderato Ma Con Fuoco (13:32)
4.Jan 10, 2015:Mix Tape
Ii. Andante (6:25)
2.Feb 03, 2015:Mix Tape
Ii. Andante (6:25)
5.Jan 06, 2015:Mix Tape
Ii. Andante (6:25), Octet In E Flat, Op. 20. I. Allegro Moderato Ma Con Fuoco (13:32)
3.Jan 24, 2015:Mix Tape
Ii. Andante (6:25)

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2014-12-06 
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was a musical child prodigy, composing from age 11. He composed the ever popular, boisterously joyous Octet in E flat, Op. 20, scored for double string quartet, at age 16. The Allegro moderato is optimistically cheerful, with contrasting and engaging melodies, the Andante simple and song-like, and the ebullient Scherzo shimmering quicksilver, like M’s very popular incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Presto “unleashes one of M’s most brilliant and most exhilarating finales.” The Quintet No. 2 in B flat, Op. 87, composed a year earlier, exhibits vivacity and drive, with an exuberant opening theme. The delightful 2nd mvmt leads to a soulful Adagio. The 4th mvmt shows brio and virtuosity, with counterpoint and quick harmonic changes that “provide thrills aplenty.”

Track Listing
1.Octet In E Flat, Op. 20. I. Allegro Moderato Ma Con Fuoco (13:32) 5.Quintet No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 87. I Allegro Vivace (9:52)
2.Ii. Andante (6:25) 6.Ii. Andante Scherzando (4:32)
3.Iii. Scherzo ? Allegro Leggierissimo ((4:32) 7.Iii. Adagio E Lento (9:27)
4.Iv. Presto (6:02) 8.Iv. Allegro Molto Vivace (6:00)