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BORODIN String Quintet in F minor
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op.11
MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat, Op. 20
Mendelssohns’s beloved Octet – “one of the miracles of 19th century music” – was written when the composer was only sixteen, and is one of the most popular pieces of chamber music ever written. Contrasted with the rich melodies of Borodin’s evocative String Quintet and the stirring brilliance of Shostakovich’s Octet.
“There is no better chamber orchestra in Britain” – The Guardian
“A compelling, animated performance” – Darlington and Stockton Times
As well as Royal Northern Sinfonia’s main series of concerts at Sage Gateshead, the orchestra regularly performs at external venues, both nationally and internationally. Here’s what is coming up in the next few months.