Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Defiantly alive Dvořák and joyful Schubert from the Nash Ensemble

Graham Mitchell (double bass)

Streamed online 7.30pm, Monday 8 February 2021
Recorded January 2021
Available free online here for 30 days (make a donation here)

Wigmore Hall, London

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 87

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Piano Quintet in A major 'Trout Quintet', D667

Nash Ensemble
© Wigmore Hall
'The Nash players grabbed hold of proceedings with the emphatic, arresting opening, and the distant key harmonies underpinning the string and piano exchanges that followed were full of mystery and expectation'.

'This was a defiantly alive performance throughout, with tight ensemble and infectious intensity, right to its full-bodied finish'.

'The Theme and Variations fourth movement was delivered with delicate poise, simply enjoying the unfolding of Schubert’s melody and varied accompaniment, with particularly liquid pianism from Beatson'.

'This was as joyful a Trout, without any unnecessary outstanding features, as one would want – nothing to get in the way of heartfelt delight in Schubert’s invention and the joy of chamber musicians making music together'. 

Read my full review on Bachtrack here.

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