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Brahms: Piano Quartets no 1 & 3 / Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the fourth release on Onyx from "Britain’s premier chamber ensemble" (The Times) and the second in their ongoing Brahms series. Their recent Brahms String Sextet recording (ONYX 4019) showed the world the quality of the current Nash Ensemble, garnering rave reviews around the world, including a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Critics proclaimed, "Gorgeous chamber music making - urgently recommended" (Fanfare) and "A red wine, red-meat disc from the must-have boutique label" (Independent on Sunday).

Gramophone Magazine
The Nash take a... traditional approach, emphasising the dark hues of the opening of the First Quartet, pianist Ian Brown making much of the bell-like sonorities of the bass. They are particularly effective in the richly coloured slow movements and bring out the earthiness of Brahms's textures to good effect.

BBC Music Magazine
It's difficult to imagine anyone who would not warm now to this deeply Romantic work and its equally ardent predecessor, especially in performances as affectionate and musicianly as these. ... these players, long familiar with the works, project complete understanding and warmth of feeling.

Sunday Times
These are terrific, clear-sighted yet impassioned performances of two compelling chamber works, given by a first-rate team of players. In the opening two movements of the G minor piano quartet, composed in 1861, there's a beautiful control of pace and stress, the flavour slightly restrained, though there is certainly plenty of fire in the unrelenting, brilliant gypsy music of the exuberant finale. The C minor quartet, completed in 1874, speaks of darker matter, and was first thought of when Brahms was guiltily preoccupied with thoughts of Clara Schumann. This is an appositely fiery reading.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, England (01/10/2007-01/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, England (01/10/2007-01/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1875