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Dvorak: String Sextet in A, Op 68; String Quintet in G, Op 77; Intermezzo B 49

Nash Ensemble
Release Date: 10/16/2015 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1273   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Malin BromanGarfield JacksonLawrence PowerNatalie Clein,   ... 
Conductor:  Amelia Freedman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The years following 1875 were a prodigious and career defining period for Antonin Dvorak. In that year he received a sizeable artist’s grant from the Austrian State, and devoted himself completely to writing. He would pen numerous significant works during this time, including his Fifth Symphony, Serenade for Strings, and most famously his first suite of Slavonic Dances.

The String Sextet, one of his finest accomplishments for chamber ensemble, is written in a style closely related to the Slavonic Dances, incorporating folk elements in the middle movements; similarly, he dedicated his second String Quintet “To my Nation.” The Quintet originally consisted of five movements but was later edited to four, with the omitted
Read more Intermezzo becoming a standalone work.


The Sextet, one of Dvorak’s finest chamber works, makes an excellent pairing with the doublebass Quintet, a striking contrast to the Sextet’s expansive richness. The Nash Ensemble are well recorded and play with refined expression while attacking the brilliant, quasi-orchestral music in the two finales with force and spirit.

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Works on This Recording

Sextet for Strings in A major, Op. 48/ B 80 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Malin Broman (Violin), Garfield Jackson (Viola), Lawrence Power (Viola),
Natalie Clein (Cello), Paul Watkins (Cello), Marianne Thorsen (Violin)
Conductor:  Amelia Freedman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Venue:  ASV St.Jude's Church, Hampstead, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass in G major, Op. 77/B 49 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Malin Broman (Violin), Paul Watkins (Cello), Marianne Thorsen (Violin),
Duncan McTier (Double Bass), Lawrence Power (Viola)
Conductor:  Amelia Freedman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 
Venue:  ASV St.Jude's Church, Hampstead, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Great Performance of Supreme Chamber Music April 9, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Two of Antonin Dvorak's chamber music masterworks (among his many others) are contained on this altogether glowing Musical Concepts disk, which merits a place of honor in any chamber music devotee's collection. The Opus 48 String Sextet in A adds a second viola and second cello to the standard string quartet architecture, and the result is a composition which takes the music 'to another level', as the saying goes. As for the performance, nothing is left to chance by England's prestigious Nash Ensemble. This is a sharp, finely nuanced, and very sunny reading of Dvorak's magnificent score. On any other chamber music recording, the Sextet would hold center stage, but in this case, it sets up the listener for the disk's real highlight, which is the sublime G Major String Quintet, Op. 77. For those who may be unfamiliar with this work, you are in for a real treat- Czech national music of the highest caliber, superbly performed throughout by a group that really knows its stuff. As an added bonus, a discarded (by Dvorak) Intermezzo from the original draft of the Op. 77 Quintet is included. In short, this disk is golden all the way through. I cannot imagine anyone finding fault with either Dvorak's gorgeous writing or the Nash Ensemble's outstanding work. Absolutely recommended!" Report Abuse
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