Schubert: Octet. Gaudier Ensemble
Catalog: CDH 55460
In 1824, it was suggested that Schubert should write a work similar to Beethovenâ€™s Septet. He subsequently approached the project with such enthusiasm and concentration that a friend wrote of him, "If you go and see him during the day he says 'Hello. How are you?' and carries on working, whereupon you leave." Schubert added a second violin to Beethovenâ€™s scoring for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass, but adhered to the Septetâ€™s movement structure and key sequences almost entirely. However, the melody and beauty that infuse the Octet are quintessentially Schubert, and justify the workâ€™s enduring popularity. This mid-priced reissue in Hyperion's Helios series features outstanding performances by the Gaudier Ensemble.