Bruch - String Octet, String Quintets | Hyperion CDA68168

Bruch - String Octet, String Quintets


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68168

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st March 2017



Music which belies the date and circumstances of its composition. All three works were written in the immediate aftermath of World War I, yet inhabit a sound world of Brahmsian richness and warmth – very much the product of the composer of the famous Violin Concerto. The Nash Ensemble are ideal interpreters.


This is a superb account [of the String Quintet]. The Nash Ensemble have a natural feeling for the music’s ebb and flow, and while they’re not afraid of big gestures and the bite of horsehair and rosin, they play beautifully as an ensemble, with the players responding to each other, and a real feeling of intimacy. Lawrence Power’s viola sings through the texture, and Stephanie Gonley, on first violin, never lets the alla ungarese brilliance of the finale turn into a mini-concerto. ... Together, these performances go straight to the top of a not exactly crowded field; in fact, this disc needs to be heard by everyone who loves German Romantic chamber music.  Richard Bratby
Gramophone May 2017
The always rewarding Nash Ensemble add warmth and grace to the sprightly String Quintet in E flat major and bring verve and attack to its edgier A minor companion, but it is in the magnificent String Octet that the players finally allow the sun to truly shine. Recommended.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 26 March 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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