Frank Braley performs piano works by Mendelssohn with Ensemble Explorations

COMPOSERS: Mendelssohn
LABELS: Harmonia Mundi
ALBUM TITLE: Mendelssohn
WORKS: Octet; Variations concertantes, Op. 17; Song without Words, Op. 199; Albumblatt
PERFORMER: Ensemble Explorations/Roel Dieltiens; Frank Braley (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: HMA 1951868 (2005)

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The resonant acoustic accommodates the cello and piano pieces, finely played, but gives the Octet an unwelcome orchestral density and makes a nonsense of the start of the Finale.

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