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Beethoven: String Quintets Op 4 and 29 / Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 29
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this new disc, the Nash Ensemble turns its attention to two works from decisive moments in Beethoven’s career. The String Quintet in E flat major Op.4 is a radical rethinking and expansion of his octet for pairs of wind instruments that was written in Vienna in 1793. The strangely neglected String Quintet in C major Op.9 is Janus-headed, at once retrospective and prophetic. On the other hand, the tranquil expansiveness and harmonic breadth of the quintet’s first movement presage masterpieces like the first ‘Razumovsky’ quartet and the ‘Archduke’ piano trio.

'Flawless, superbly disciplined performances of Beethoven's two string quintets ... This new disc from Hyperion has to be warmly welcomed for its first-rate sound and immaculate performances' (Gramophone)

'I can't envisage a more satisfying account of these works' (BBC Music Magazine)

[Op 29] 'A work of conspicuous originality, power and wit, as The Nash Ensemble demonstrate in their eloquent, sprightly performance ... [Op 4] The Nash also give a lively account of an even greater rarity, the early E flat Quintet ... Something genuinely worthwhile' (The Sunday Times)

'The rich-toned violas of Lawrence Power and Philip Dukes lend an almost orchestral sonority to the superb playing of The Nash Ensemble, beautifully caught by producer Andrew Keener' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Two less-often-heard works by a great composer make a tuneful programme, well played by the Nash Ensemble' (Daily Mail)

'Throughout the Nash musicians are superb, and in particular the central viola parts come through well. The performers bring a commendable sense of purpose and togetherness that gives these works a youthful vigour, and in the case of Opus 29, shows how Beethoven was really starting to flex his compositional muscles. The recorded sound is excellent, too' (ClassicalSource.com)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Nash Ensemble here give flawless, superbly disciplined performances of Beethoven's two string quintets. Op 4 is the composer's transcription of the wind octet that he wrote in emulation of Mozart's great examples of Harmoniemusik, the wind octets in E flat and C minor. Op 29, on the other hand, is Beethoven's first completely original exploitation of the genre. It is fascinating to find how Beethoven developed his arguments by rewriting wind music for strings, as Richard Wigmore explains in his excellent note. Key modulations are more adventurous and textures lightened, making this by far the finer work. The Nash players, carefully balanced and helped by the transparent recording, bring out the inner lines with admirable clarity. The slow movement, marked simply andante, is free-flowing with a warmly lyrical violin solo, while the mis-titled Menuetto piùallegretto is the most dashing scherzo, full of wit, and the finale is a dance-like rondo. The performance of Op 29 in C brings similar qualities, with clean separation and well chosen speeds on the fast side. What especially comes out is the originality of the finale, with its bizarre opening, chromatic passages and striking dynamic contrasts.

Warmly welcomed for its first-rate sound and immaculate performances.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 4
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: St Paul's Church, Deptford, London, England (09/16/2007-09/18/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 29
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: St Paul's Church, Deptford, London, England (09/16/2007-09/18/2007)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801