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Vaughan Williams: Early Chamber Music / Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Quintet for violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano in C minor
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Nocturne and Scherzo for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello (revision of Ballade and Scherzo)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Suite de Ballet (1924)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Romance for viola & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Quartet for Strings in C minor
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Quintet for clarinet, horn, violin, cello & piano in D major
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Ballade and Scherzo for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Household Music
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"An entrancing voyage of discovery, in sum, whose pleasures are enhanced by the Nash Ensemble's tirelessly eloquent advocacy, admirable production-values and Michael Kennedy's authoritative booklet-essay." - Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone

'An entrancing voyage of discovery' (Gramophone)

'The Nash's playing is simply outstanding and makes the best possible case for giving many of these works a permanent place in the repertoire' (Daily Telegraph)

'exuberant, robust, immensely likeable music (The Nash Ensemble obviously love playing it)' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The Nash Ensemble play with their customary blend of flawless perfection and musical insight' (The Times)

'The Nash Ensemble plays these stunning miniatures with all the freshness and excitement of a new discovery' (The Strad)

'In these performances, there is an admirable sense of the discovery of previously unknown music of quality. The recordings are excellent. This is a major and exciting addition to the Vaughan Williams discography. Very strongly recommended' (International Record Review)

'The Nash Ensemble play these first performances with passion and aplomb... very good indeed' (BBCi)

'This set would draw interest even if it didn't contain five world premiere recordings, such is the quality and insight of the music-making' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Nash Ensemble's performances are superb' (The Sunday Times)

'This revelatory collection of early chamber works by the giant of the 20th-century English style is fascinating and captivating' (The Scotsman)

'Un must pour tous, et un apport fondamental à la discographie' (Répertoire, France)

'les musiciens du Nash mettent leur technique et leur enthousiasme au service d'une matière inégale' (Diapason, France)

'The Nash Ensemble performs all of this music with boundless enthusiasm and technical assurance... This is a 'must' for anyone who cares about Vaughan Williams' (ClassicsToday.com)

'The Nash Ensemble plays with sensitivity, beauty, and taste. It may well have replaced the old Melos Ensemble as my favorite British chamber consort... They have at least two more Hyperion CDs devoted to Vaughan Williams's chamber music (instrumental and vocal), both of high quality. This, I think, is the best of the three, and it's beautifully recorded besides' (Classical Music List)

bbc.co.uk - Andrew McGregor
This music all tells us about Vaughan Williams' development, and that while he hadn't yet found the sounds and idiosyncrasies which made him unique (and to some people uniquely annoying), he was still a damned fine composer.



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Quintet for violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano in C minor
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1903

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Nocturne and Scherzo for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello (revision of Ballade and Scherzo)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1906

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Suite de Ballet (1924)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1913

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Romance for viola & piano
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Quartet for Strings in C minor
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Quintet for clarinet, horn, violin, cello & piano in D major
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1898

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Ballade and Scherzo for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello :: Scherzo
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Household Music :: Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (3) for string quartet or 4 instruments
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/25/2002-06/27/2002)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1940-1941