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Schubert Octet Live

by New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble

The consummate piece in the classic entertainment form – this “divertimento,” modeled on Beethoven’s Septet – places Schubert’s melodic gifts into the interpretive hands of mature musicians of surpassing elegance and verve.
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1. Octet in F, Op. 166, 1. Adagio - Allegro
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2. Octet in F, Op. 166, 2. Adagio
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3. Octet in F, Op. 166, 3. Allegro vivace
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4. Octet in F, Op. 166, 4. Andante con variazioni
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5. Octet in F, Op. 166, 5. Menuetto; Allegretto
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6. Octet in F, Op. 166, 6. Andante molto - Allegro
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Album Notes
The Live Concerts

This late work in the short life of a genius capitalizes
expansively on the liesurely form known to 18th century society as the divertimento. Numerous masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (ref. NY Philomusica Records catalogue) preceded it, all exemplars of the elegant form and none more free of anxiety than the Octet. Its melodic splendor and sensuous intimacy are the perfect vehicle for the poetic utterances of the winds, led by Joseph Rabbai, a founding member of the ensemble who rejoins it after 23 years as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, partnered by frequent guest Minnesota Orchestra Principal Bassoonist, John Miller and, in his final performance with the ensemble, Founder and Artistic Director, A. Robert Johnson, horn. These three are gracefully and fully matched by the quintet of strings led by Katharina Grossmann. Dennis Rooney's review in The Strad captures the sense of it all:

"The genial mood and tonal suaveness of the ensemble made every note of the long work a pleasure to hear."

The Artists

Joseph Rabbai, clarinet
John Miller, bassoon
A. Robert Johnson, horn
Katharina Grossmann, violin,
Edela Peña, violin
Junah Chung, viola
Gerald Appleman, 'cello
Gail Kruvand, contrabass

Track List:

F. Schubert
Octet in F, Op. 166 (D.803)
for clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, 'cello

1. Adagio - Allegro (11:03)
2. Adagio (12:02)
3. Allegro vivace (6:20)
4. Andante con variazioni (12:08)
5. Menuetto; Allegretto (5:56)
6. Andante molto - Allegro (10:15)

Total Playing Time: 59:07

Recorded Live on December 14, 2006
at the Broadway Presbyterian Church in New York City

New York Philomusica Records

Manufactured by:
New York Philomusica Records,
105 West 73rd Street
New York, NY 10023

A. Robert Johnson, Executive Producer
Engineering: Charles Repka
Design: Morton Millen

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