Composed, incredibly, when Mendelssohn (1809–1847) was just 16, the Octet for Strings, op. 20, is the first of the composer's mature compositions. Written in 1825 for the 23rd birthday of a family friend, Eduard Rietz, the Octet bears the hallmarks of genius. Mendelssohn approached the form with total freshness and ingenuity, making full use of the resources at his disposal, to the extent that his octet is the defining example of the genre.
This piece is performed by Ensemble Instrumental de France (EIF).
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