An octet with four people

In 2005, the Emerson String Quartet released an album of Mendelssohn’s string quartets which also included a version of the octet. Instead of partnering with another string quartet, though, they recorded it by themselves, taking great care to make it sound like a real ensemble of eight (I was particularly interested in their idea of rotating chairs).

These two videos explain the process and are an interesting micro-documentary.

Part one:

Part two:

The CD is also entirely worth owning, even if it is a little expensive:

Emerson String Quartet Mendelssohn Quartets
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