Scottish Ensemble: Chamber Notes
Exploring the octets of Mendelssohn and Enescu, with guest director Marianne Thorsen.
Although written for just eight instruments, both Mendelssohn's and Enescu's singular octets for strings have the drama, richness and depth of a full-blown symphony.
They also make for an excellently contrasting pair. From Mendelssohn’s exuberant opening bars, we’re swept through music that is impressively complex yet captivatingly, joyously melodic throughout, whilst Enescu’s is moody, breathlessly dramatic, and, in parts, simply volcanic.
The concert is also a gentle consideration of the nuanced qualities and specific attraction of experiencing chamber music, and we're looking forward to exploring this with guest director Marianne Thorsen, former leader of the Nash Ensemble, regular guest with Trondheim Soloists, and a devoted and highly respected chamber musician.