Nash Ensemble: Richard Hosford clarinet Ursula Leveaux bassoon Richard Watkins horn Marianne Thorsen violin Laura Samuel violin James Boyd viola Paul Watkins cello Duncan McTier double bass
Following the storming success of Beethovenís Septet, Schubert was commissioned by clarinettist Count Ferdinand Troyer with the request that he was to write something just like Beethovenís toasted creation. Schubert responded with a work that was similarly bright and light-footed but sought leave to add an extra violin line to form his richly textured Octet.
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