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Saint-Saëns: Piano Quartet, etc / The Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Septet for piano, trumpet, string quartet & bass in E flat major, Op. 65
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 6
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for bassoon & piano, in G major, Op. 168
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Quartet for Piano and Strings in B flat major, Op. 41
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Quintet for piano & strings in A minor, Op. 14
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D major, Op. 166
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 167
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs for Piano and Winds, Op. 79
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Notes & Reviews:

"What effortless, nimble virtuosity the Nash Ensemble members consistently serve up, both collectively and individually! Hyperion's warms, spacious sonics significantly add to the immense listening pleasure that awaits you when you acquire this release - sooner rather than later." - ClassicsToday.com

'[The] Sonatas are all played with an ideal combination of infectious virtuosity and phrasal sensitivity to have these all-too-rarely heard works come dancing off the page. Sensational flautist Philippa Davies is on hand to add her own special brand of artistry... and producer Andrew Keener and engineer Simon Eadon typically capture the proceedings with their usual magical blend of warmth and clarity, making this an issue to cherish. The Nash Ensemble could hardly wish for a finer musical testimonial in this their fortieth birthday year' (International Record Review)

'These are full-blooded performances, packed with energy and colour, and every corner is turned under complete control' (BBC Music Magazine)

'this is a set of sheer delight: let's hear it for imaginative conservatism' (Gramophone)

'It is a charming collection, beautifully played; this is precisely the repertoire in which the Nash excels... The opening cantilena of the Oboe Sonata is positively rapturous... just as the mysterious fugal introduction to the finale of the early Piano Quintet [is] fabulously played by cellist Paul Watkins and violist Lawrence Power' (The Guardian)

'A legend in his own lifetime, Saint-Saëns tantalises us with distinctive, lively and imaginative pieces, explored and played with terrific vivacity and style' (Classic FM Magazine)

'It is repertoire that really shows up the ensemble's strengths and its ability to encompass the richest ensemble-playing, as well as the exposed solo work required of the accompanied sonata medium... there is plenty of mellifluously drawn melodic writing, playful harmonic twists and textural ingenuity to enjoy' (The Daily Telegraph)

'a splendid two-disc set... mounted with that special sparkle they always bring to French repertoire' (The Times)

'The Nash Ensemble, a British organisation that alters its makeup as the situation requires, has a long and distinguished history on record. This latest offering continues the tradition. Warmly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)



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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Septet for piano, trumpet, string quartet & bass in E flat major, Op. 65
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004-07/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1881

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 6
  • Performers: Richard Hosford (Clarinet); Ian Brown (Piano); Philippa Davies (Flute)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004-07/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Sonata for bassoon & piano, in G major, Op. 168
  • Performers: Ursula Leveaux (Bassoon); Ian Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004-07/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Quartet for Piano and Strings in B flat major, Op. 41
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004-07/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1875

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Quintet for piano & strings in A minor, Op. 14
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004-07/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1855

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D major, Op. 166
  • Performers: Gareth Hulse (Oboe); Ian Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004-07/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 167
  • Performers: Richard Hosford (Clarinet); Ian Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004-07/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs for Piano and Winds, Op. 79
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004-07/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887