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OSM Chamber Soloists - Beethoven, Strauss / CBC: First Play

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Over a year ago, the executives at Analekta Records approached Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, to help them spearhead a three-year, three-album initiative that would focus a spotlight on OSM musicians in a chamber music setting. Beethoven, Strauss, is the first album in this exciting new series from the OSM Soloists. It contains two works: Beethoven's Septet, Op. 20, and Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders, an arrangement by Franz Hasenöhrl of Strauss's Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche for violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon and horn. "The idea of recording the Beethoven Septet was [Analekta president] Mario Labbé's, and I immediately agreed," Wan tells us. "It highlights three different instrument families and is just an absolutely beautiful work through and through."