Mendelssohn Octet; Sjostakovitsj opus 11

Joris van Rijn – violin
Tim Brackman – violin
Masha Iakovleva – violin
Julija Hartig – violin
Francien Schatborn – viola
Frank Brakkee – viola
Eveline Kraayenhof – cello
Anneke Janssen – cello

Sixteen years old! Mendelssohn was only a teenager when he wrote his beautiful Octet in E. It was a birthday present for his violin teacher, but the piece, which is brimming with energy and youthful passion, feels like a present to us all. The ROctet – offspring of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra – will release the piece on CD in the near future. At Wonderfeel, they will perform it in combination with Shostakovitch’s opus 11, which is also a string octet.