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Borodin: String Sextet; Glazunov: String Quintet; Arensky: String Quartet No. 2 / Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Borodin, Alexander : String Sextet in D minor (3rd & 4th movements lost)
>Glazunov, Alexander : Quintet for Strings in A major, Op. 39
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 35
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Notes & Reviews:

After a highly acclaimed series of Brahms chamber music releases for Onyx, Britain's preeminent chamber group the Nash Ensemble turns their attention to 19th-century Russian repertoire. Glazunov's superbly crafted String Quintet of 1891 is coupled with Arensky's two-cello second String Quartet, and Borodin's unfinished Sextet for strings, written, according to the composer, in Mendelssohnian style 'to please the Germans' while he was in Heidelberg.

Sunday Times
The Nash Ensemble's superior string players make a beautiful case for these not overfamiliar 19th-century Russian works.

The Guardian
Gorgeously played by the Nash Ensemble.. while Glazunov's 1892 quintet is fluent and ingratiating if rather unmemorable. Like the rest of the disc, though, it's delivered with such energy and relish that hardly matters.

The Irish Times
It's the Arensky which actually contains the best-known music. Its central movement, arranged for string orchestra, has an independent life as the Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky. The pieces are more focused on pleasure than profundity, and in these beautifully polished Nash Ensemble performances, fall agreeably, sometimes delectably, on the ear. The Arensky Variations are a delight in their original form.

BBC Music Magazine
This well-planned album offers three complementary works linked both by the genial spirit of Borodin...[his Sextet] has considerable charm...Both movements are played here by the Nash Ensemble with relish and conviction...Top of the bill in every sense is Arensky's Quartet of 1894, presenting a hugely inventive variety of textures.

A delightful cherry-picking of 19th-century Russian chamber-repertoire...Their playing is characteristically sweet and bright, and they find the right balance between Russian folk-tune ponderousness and Slavic emotionalism.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Alexander Glazounov's Quintet, Opus 39 is better known, a four-movement work scored for string quartet plus a second cello rather than the usual second viola. Written in 1892, it is strongly imaginative, with power and an attractive Russian flavor.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2012
An original and attractive record.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
The Nash Ensemble give warm-hearted, lyrical readings of all these works, and there are too many highlights to mention.The engineering leaves nothing to be desired; the program, filling as it does three gaps in the average listener's library, adds up to more than the sum of its parts. The cover design's pretty terrific too. I could go on, but what more do you need to hear?

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (02/27/2011-03/01/2011).


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Works Details

>Borodin, Alexander : String Sextet in D minor (3rd & 4th movements lost)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (02/27/2011-03/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1860-1861

>Glazunov, Alexander : Quintet for Strings in A major, Op. 39
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (02/27/2011-03/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1892

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 35
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (02/27/2011-03/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894