Mendelssohn’s Octet

Full to the brim with infectious vitality, Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of the true life-affirming pinnacles of Western music. Practically inventing the genre of a work for eight strings, the work of the 16-year-old child genius has never been bettered.

Join Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s flagship chamber ensemble for a performance of Mendelssohn’s octet, matched with Brahms’ tender Sextet No 1 and a new octet by contemporary classical British composer Douglas Weiland.

WEILAND Winterreise for string octet
MENDELSSOHN Octet in E flat major Op 20.
BRAHMS Sextet No 1 in B flat major Op 18

Concert Duration: around 2 hours including one interval of 20 minutes

Musicians of Australian Octet

William Hennessy, Madeleine Jevons, Natalia Harvey, Robin Wilson VIOLIN
Tobias Breider, Merewyn Bramble VIOLA
Rohan De Korte, Josephine Vains CELLO

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Concert Notes: Mendelssohn’s Octet

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