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Led by Laurance Turner
Conducted by Trevor Harvey
Mendelssohn's chamber music contains some of his best and most fascinating works, notably the Octet in F for strings which was composed at the age of sixteen. It has been said of the Octet that it is much more of a symphony scored for a string orchestra than true chamber music. Indeed, Mendelssohn appears to have anticipated this criticism, for he desired that the Octet should be played in symphonic style. The scherzo, the third movement of the Octet, was re-scored for orchestra by the composer himself for a concert of the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, which he conducted in 1829. According to the composer himself, the motto for the scherzo was the following stanza from Goethe's Faust:
Floating cloud and trailing mist
Bright'ning o'er us hover ;
Airs stir the brake, the rushes shake-
And all their pomp is over.


Unknown: Laurance Turner
Conducted By: Trevor Harvey

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