Part I

The Vast and Wonderful World of Chamber Music

Mendelssohn’s Glorious Octet (1825)

Allegro moderato ma con fuoco

Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings (Op. 20), composed at the age of 16, is one of the most exciting and ingeniously crafted works in the chamber music literature. Expressly for this exhibition, musicians from the Chamber Music Society assembled to capture the first movement of Mendelssohn’s octet using nine individual high definition cameras. This installation reveals chamber music’s intimacy and intricacy, and the intensity of visual communication that goes into chamber music performances at the highest levels of artistic excellence. The unique role played by each member of the ensemble can be observed, while the sum of all eight parts may be viewed on the center panel.

Sean Lee, Jeffrey Myers, Aaron Boyd, Arnaud Sussmann, violins
Matthew Lipman, Paul Neubauer, violas
David Finckel, Dmitri Atapine, cellos
Recorded at the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio
Tristan Cook, director

Percussionists Ayano Kataoka, Christopher Froh, and Ian David Rosenbaum perform Nebojša Jovan Živković’s “Meccanico” from Trio per uno for Percussion Trio, Op. 27 (1995, 1999), February 3, 2015.

Brandenburg Concertos

Paul Huang, Erin Keefe, Joseph Conyers, Richard O’Neill, Daniel McDonough, Daniel Phillips, Kenneth Weiss, Julie Landsman, Jennifer Montone, Stephen Taylor, Randall Ellis, James Austin Smith, and Marc Goldberg perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 (1720), December 13, 2015.

Violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Juho Pohjonen perform Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major for Violin and Piano, D. 934, Op. 159 (1827), March 20, 2015.

The Jerusalem Quartet performs Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6 (1800), February 2, 2016.