Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Schubert: Octets
 
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Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Schubert: Octets

24 April 2006

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Time
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1
Septet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
9:52
2
Septet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): II. Adagio cantabile
8:56
3
Septet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): III. Tempo di Menuetto & Trio
3:10
4
Septet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): IV. Tema con Variaziono (Andante)
7:12
5
Septet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): V. Scherzo (Allegro molto e vivace) & Trio
3:02
6
Septet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): VI. Andante con molto alla Marcia - Presto
7:11
7
Octet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): I. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco
14:47
8
Octet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): II. Andante
7:24
9
Octet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro leggierissimo)
4:32
10
Octet in E Flat, Op.20 (1997 - Remaster): IV. Presto
6:14
Disc 2
1
Octet in E Flat, Op.103 (1997 - Remaster): I. Allegro
7:32
2
Octet in E Flat, Op.103 (1997 - Remaster): II. Andante
7:23
3
Octet in E Flat, Op.103 (1997 - Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegro)
3:25
4
Octet in E Flat, Op.103 (1997 - Remaster): IV. Finale (Presto)
3:44
5
Octet in F, D.803 (1997 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro
12:16
6
Octet in F, D.803 (1997 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
10:26
7
Octet in F, D.803 (1997 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio
4:56
8
Octet in F, D.803 (1997 Digital Remaster): IV. Andante
12:05
9
Octet in F, D.803 (1997 Digital Remaster): V. Menuetto (Allegretto) & Trio
7:08
10
Octet in F, D.803 (1997 Digital Remaster): VI. Andante molto - Allegro
9:28


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 2:30:43
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  • ASIN: B001INZZLW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,534 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it 16 Mar 2013
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Excellent recording and decent content for the price. If you like chamber music, you'll love this release - amongst the best
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value 18 April 2012
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This is a pair of CDs well worth acquiring. All the performances are first class, and the recording does not betray its age. There are other recordings of these works that are as good, though I doubt if any are better, and certainly this is a collection that will have a wide appeal, and at the price it is unbeatable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different Octet formats. 6 Mar 2014
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Good performances with varied pieces.Three composers at the top of their form rounded off an interesting afternoon of chamber works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recording. 22 Dec 2010
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Long and short, it's just a very good recording. There's no point reviewing the actual pieces because everyone knows they are top-class. So...if you have any doubts, ignore them because this is a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Performances 7 Jun 2008
By David Douglass - Published on Amazon.com
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Nobody's just playing the notes on these recordings. Everything is phrased beautifully, with a perfect balance between vigor and elegance.

The digitally remastered late `60s recordings sound superb and at $8 for 2 CDs it's a must have!
4.0 out of 5 stars Big band for the buck 29 July 2013
By Jerry Landis - Published on Amazon.com
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These four big, lush, romantic works are very well played by the Melos - this 2-CD set is a bargain.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money? 5 Jun 2011
By Arnar - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd give this CD 3,5 stars (if that option was available). In short, the performances are really good (not great in my view). The works themselves are all brilliant compositions with (perhaps) the exception of Beethoven's octet which falls into the shadow of his brilliant septet which is also included on this set.

Here, the question is not about the performances or the quality of the compositions. The only (but valid) reason to hesitate to buy this set has to do with the sound quality on this set. While the sound quality is not downright poor, it is far from ideal; the strings sound excessively thin and constricted and the accoustics overall are below average. Having said that, the violins never sound scratchy despite this and each group of instruments is easily recognisable (the sound is clear enough). The wind instruments sound more natural than the strings.

Interestingly, the oldest recording of the four recordings on this set offers the best sound quality. It is the recording of the wonderful Octet by Schubert. That one was done in 1968 but the other recordings were done in 1969 (Mendelsohn) and 1970 (the two Beethovens). The Beethoven recordings are the poorest in terms of sound quality.

In the final analysis, one gets what one is paying for here: very satisfactory performances of great works in a clear, albeit not rich, sound. However, in view of the sound quality shortcomings: One does not get anything more than one is paying for!
13 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 13 Sep 2009
By Waldstein - Published on Amazon.com
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These are fairly enjoyable pieces. The Mendelssohn and Schubert Octets are especially good. The Beethoven works are enjoyable, but not what I would consider brilliant. They are classical works, not as romantic as the Schubert and Mendelsssohn. The Mendelssohn Octet is quite good, especially the first and third movements. The sound, while maybe not the highest quality, is good. Recommended to anyone who loves classical chamber music.

Beethoven Septet in E flat Op. 20
1st mov. - 9:52
2nd mov. - 8:56
3rd mov. - 3:10
4th mov. - 7:12
5th mov. - 3:02
6th mov. - 7:11

Mendelssohn Octet in E flat Op. 20
1st mov. - 14:47
2nd mov. - 7:24
3rd mov. - 4:32
4th mov. - 6:14

Beethoven Octet in E flat Op. 103
1st mov. - 7:32
2nd mov. - 7:23
3rd mov. - 3:25
4th mov. - 3:44

Schubert Octet in F D803
1st mov. - 12:16
2nd mov. - 10:26
3rd mov. - 4:56
4th mov. - 12:05
5th mov. - 7:08
6th mov. - 9:28
0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not have been more satisfied 13 April 2013
By Roberta S. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is an excellent performance of the Beethoven Octet. It was purchased for an audio demonstration and lecture in a music appreciation class for seniors. The Schubert Octet will be played and lectured on at a later date.
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