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Beethoven: "Eyeglass" Duo, Piano Quartet Op 16, String Quintet Op 104 / Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Strings in C minor, Op. 104
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duet for Viola and Cello in E flat major, WoO 32
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 16
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Notes & Reviews:

The Nash Ensemble continues their critically acclaimed survey of Beethoven's rarer chamber music in an intriguing new disc. Beethoven's String Quintet of Opus 104 is an arrangement of his revolutionary third piano trio. The music is profoundly Beethovenian in its abrupt, extreme contrasts, violent rhetoric alternating with intense pathos and yearning lyricism. The Piano Quartet in E flat major is an arrangement of his quintet for piano and winds and owes a debt to Mozart in general and his piano and wind quintet in particular. The disc is completed by a delightful miniature, the Eyeglass Duo.

'The Nash musicians play everything so delightfully, with such perfect control and subtle shadings ... The String Quintet offers the best music: as for playing, the crown's won by Lawrence Power and Paul Watkins in the Duo' (The Times)

'As one would expect, the performances by The Nash Ensemble are exemplary - in the Quartet, the superb Ian Brown is as ever the epitome of how a pianist should approach the performance of chamber music (listening to colleagues and integrating with them, but his string-playing colleagues are every bit attuned to the music and each other, Lawrence Power and Paul Watkins enjoying the domesticity of the 'royal duo'' (ClassicalSource.com)

Gramophone Magazine
The Nash Ensemble give wonderfully polished performances of all three works, beautifully recorded, but special mention must be made of Ian Brown's piano-playing in the delicious galloping 6/8 rondo finale of the Piano Quartet, totally infectious.

BBC Music Magazine
The Piano Quartet... is unadulterated Beethoven - his own transcription of his Op. 16 Quintet for piano and winds, with the wind instruments replaced by a string trio. The result deserves to be heard far more frequently, and the players of the Nash Ensemble do it proud. Theirs is a notably autumnal view of this early piece of Beethoven, but the performance has great warmth.

Sunday Times
The translation to the new medium works well, especially given the Nash Ensemble's shapely and intelligent reading. The Piano Quartet, another arrangement, is afforded equally characterful treatment; here, Beethoven seems close to the spirit of Mozart.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quintet for Strings in C minor, Op. 104
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Deptford, London, England (06/25/2008-06/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duet for Viola and Cello in E flat major, WoO 32
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Deptford, London, England (06/25/2008-06/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 16
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Deptford, London, England (06/25/2008-06/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1796