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Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet, etc / Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 1
>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Ballade in C minor, Op. 73
>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Quintet for clarinet & strings in F sharp minor, Op 10
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Notes & Reviews:

The ever-enterprising Nash Ensemble is heard here in a delightful program of chamber-music rarities by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). In the early Piano Quintet, the precocious young composer already shows the flair for melody and boundless spontaneity that would become a hallmark of his later works. The astonishing Clarinet Quintet - rhythmically exuberant and complex - is a composition of remarkable subtlety and sophistication, whose expert blending of timbres confirms the composer's utter mastery of the genre.

'This wonderful Hyperion collection featuring The Nash Ensemble at its golden-toned and responsive best ... Coleridge-Taylor's Op 10 emerges as a quite astonishingly mature achievement ... Backed up by a blemish-free production from the Keener/Eadon team and attractively presented, this has to be one of the most engaging releases I've heard all year' (Gramophone)

'Coleridge-Taylor's creative light would seem to be firmly in the ascendant ... The Nash Ensemble has maintained such an astonishingly high level of interpretative and technical expertise down the years that it is easy to become complacent. Yet even by its standards this is an exceptional recording, with Ian Brown excelling hmself with playing of the utmost sensitivity and imagination. High honours also go to violinist Marianne Thorsen who plays the 13-minute Ballade with a radiant glow and passion which have one hanging onto her every note ... Enhanced by one of the most natural-sounding recordings that even Andrew Keener and Simon Eadon have ever produced, this is a must for all lovers of late-Romantic chamber music' (International Record Review)

'This splendid disc of early chamber music goes a long way to explain [Coleridge-Taylor's] charisma. The Piano Quintet ... is a superbly characterful work with an especially original finale. And the Clarinet Quintet ... is so assured, so obviously independent of the obvious contemporary model (the Brahms), that the much-overused term 'masterpiece' may not, in this instance, overstate the case ... The Nash Ensemble do these deeply attractive and enjoyable works proud (the two Quintets languished unplayed for the best part of a century, and this may be the premiere recording of Op 1) in affectionate performances that revel in Coleridge-Taylor's idiomatic and challenging writing. The recording is warm but texturally crystal-clear. Highly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'[Piano Quintet in G minor]... Well-crafted, with piquant harmonies (the pianist, not incidentally, is the outstanding Ian Brown who brings added class to everything he touches) ... The Clarinet Quintet in F sharp minor commands the listener's full attention. Richard Holsford, the eloquent soloist, is heard at his best in the beautiful second-movement Larghetto' (Classic FM Magazine)

'There is enough mastery here and in the later Ballade for violin and piano to make highly rewarding listening. The Nash Ensemble's performances, as one would expect, are devoted and full of insight' (Daily Telegraph)

'Suave musicianship and sonic warmth ... The Nash Ensemble offers a vital and intellectually stimulating accounts of these rarities and their devotion repays the listener's curiosity many times over. The playing is fresh and vibrant, not to mention poised and erudite ... not as much as a single note will disappoint' (Fanfare, USA)

'The composer's lyrical gift, rhythmic energy, and skilful use of colour and harmony are the work of a master ... The Nash Ensemble does great justice to this music, with polished yet vigorous playing and superb musicianship' (American Record Guide)

'Le Nash Ensemble met beaucoup d'ardeur à défendre cette très belle musique, qui n'avait pour l'instant jamais fait l'objet d'enregistrements connus. La sonorité est ronde et pleine, le travail effectué sur la partition intelligent. Ce disque ne dépareillera aucune collection et peut même constituer la première pièce de la discographie d'un amateur de musique de chambre en herbe. Autrement dit, il ne s'agit pas de bouder son plaisir' (ClassiqueInfo-disque.com)



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>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 1
  • Performer: Malin Broman (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/26/2007-01/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Ballade in C minor, Op. 73
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/26/2007-01/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Quintet for clarinet & strings in F sharp minor, Op 10
  • Performer: Ben Nabarro (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/26/2007-01/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895