Written by the composer when he was only 16 years old, Mendelssohn's Octet is as masterful in every way as the valedictory works of any composer. Words cannot describe the excitement this piece generates in the concert hall; one simply has to experience it. Mendelssohn's Octet has inspired countless works, two of which are on this program: Shostakovich's compact and frenetic octet of 1925, and Enescu's towering octet of 1900.
- Enescu Octet in C major for Strings, Op. 7 (1900)
- Shostakovich Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11 (1924-25)
- Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major for Strings, Op. 20 (1825)
With great pride, CMS delivers the promised completion of its epic 50th Anniversary Season "Milestones" programming. This extended Winter Festival presents seven concerts headlined by works that altered the landscape of chamber music, in the company of complementary works, performed by the original casts of artists.
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