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Track(s) taken from CDH55043
Recording details: May 1989
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1989
Total duration: 33 minutes 41 seconds

'Divertimenti give a brilliant, highly committed performance' (Gramophone)

'The recorded sound is brilliant. This is a disc that I wouldn't be without' (American Record Guide)

'Divertimenti does a first-rate job, abetted by Hyperion's atmospheric, transparent recording' (Fanfare, USA)

'A fascinating piece which makes me curious about Bargiel's other music' (The Tablet)

Octet in C minor, Op 15a

Allegro  [8'05]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
While he was still at the Conservatoire Bargiel had a considerable success with his Octet for strings, which was performed at one of the public examinations. This was published in 1877 by the Leipzig firm of Breitkopf & Härtel as his Opus 15a. (Its companion piece, Opus 15b, was Bargiel’s first String Quartet, in A minor.) The Octet is in three movements, the second acting as a combined slow movement and scherzo. Although the adolescent Sturm und Drang of the first and last movements and the hymn-Iike piety of the opening of the second are undeniably dated, the work has a sincerity and enthusiasm which should endear it to both players and listeners. It is dedicated to Ludwig Norman.

In 1850 Bargiel returned to Berlin and soon gained a reputation as both a teacher and a composer. In 1859 he became Professor of Theory at the Cologne Conservatoire and then in 1865 Kapellmeister and Director of the institute of the Maatschappij tot Bevordering van Toonkunst in Rotterdam. Joseph Joachim appointed him Professor of Composition at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik in 1874 and the following year he became a member of the senate of the Academy of Arts. During his lifetime his music was widely performed. His overtures Prometheus and Medea were heard at the Crystal Palace in the 1860s and were highly thought of. Wilhelm Altmann, writing of Bargiel in 1928 in Cobbett’s Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music, points out that ‘it is evident from his works that he was an adherent of Robert Schumann’ and suggests that ‘his chamber music, though it sounds extremely well, has been undeservedly neglected of late’. (Hopefully, this recording of the Octet should help to change that state of affairs.) Woldemar Bargiel died on 23 February 1897.

from notes by Peter Avis İ 2000

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