Nash Ensemble

Biography

Active: 1964 - ; London, England
London-based Nash Ensemble is a chamber orchestra consisting of 11 regular members, though their number can vary widely according to the work performed. Their repertory is broad but favors modern works by English composers like Lennox Berkeley, Harrison Birtwistle, James MacMillan, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. They perform most of their subscription concerts at Wigmore Hall, but also appear at other locations, including the Royal Festival Hall's Read more Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Founded in 1964 by Amelia Freedman, its longtime artistic director, the Nash Ensemble took its name from the famous Nash terraces in London, designed by architect John Nash. The ensemble initially developed its reputation in Great Britain, only slowly gaining recognition abroad.

Its first American tour took place in 1981, but the group remained little-known in the United States until the turn of the new century. In England, however, it had become recognized for its artistic achievements throughout the 1980s and, thereafter, both for concerts (which included premieres of many works written specifically for the group -- 113 by 2006) and for recordings.

Amelia Freedman was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 1989 in recognition of her artistic contributions. Bath University gave her an honorary doctorate in 1993, both because of work with the Bath International Festival, which she directed from 1986-1993, and for her work in the realm of chamber music.

In the early '80s, the Nash Ensemble began recording for the Hyperion label, its first releases were a disc of chamber works by Berkeley (1983) and three CDs of compositions by Malcolm Arnold (1984). Soon the group began recording with other labels as well, including CDR (Hummel and Berwald septets; 1989), and NMC (Turnage works; 1995). Beginning in the 1990s, recording activity intensified, both for Hyperion and other labels, including ASV and Black Box.

The 2005-2006 season again featured many new works by the ensemble, bringing its total to more than 250, and it also made tours of Germany and of England, with appearances at many festivals. Read less
Borodin, Glazunov, Arensky / Nash Ensemble
Release Date: 06/12/2012   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4067   Number of Discs: 1
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Turnage: This Silence, Etc / Sally Matthews, Nash Ensemble
Release Date: 01/10/2006   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4005   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios, Etc / The Nash Ensemble
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4011   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: The String Sextets / The Nash Ensemble
Release Date: 07/10/2007   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4019   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: The String Quintets / Nash Ensemble
Release Date: 08/11/2009   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4043   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Active: 1964 - ; London, England
London-based Nash Ensemble is a chamber orchestra consisting of 11 regular members, though their number can vary widely according to the work performed. Their repertory is broad but favors modern works by English composers like Lennox Berkeley, Harrison Birtwistle, James MacMillan, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. They perform most of their subscription concerts at Wigmore Hall, but also appear at other locations, including the Royal Festival Hall's Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. O dark autumn night
No. 2. In the garden stands a pretty birch tree
No. 3. Darling, let us walk by the banks of the Volga
No. 4. I have seen the great wide world
No. 5. Pretty maid, why do you stare so longingly?
No. 6. Kalinka
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Scherzo - Presto - Trio
IV. Tema: Andantino - Finale: Allegro giusto
Ravel: Chansons madécasses - 1. Nahandove, O belle Nahandove
Ravel: Chansons madécasses - 2. Aoua! Aoua!
Ravel: Chansons madécasses - 3. Il est doux de se coucher
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Swan
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Swan
I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
II. Lebhaft und sehr markiert
III. Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck
IV. Lebhaft, sehr markiert
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Aquarium
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Aquarium
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Swan
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Swan
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Swan
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Swan
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Thema: Pria ch'io l'impegno (Allegretto) mit Variationen
I. Allegro
II. Tres vif
III. Lent
IV. Vif, avec entrain
I. Modere
II. Pantoum: Assez vif
III. Passacaille: Tres large
IV. Finale: Anime
I. Largo - Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivo
IV. Allegro quasi presto
I. Berceuse
II. Mi-a-ou
III. Le jardin de Dolly
IV. Kitty Valse
V. Tendresse
VI. Le pas espagnol
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegro vivo
III. Andante moderato
IV. Allegro molto
Clarinet Trio in B flat major Op. 11: I. Allegro con brio
Clarinet Trio in B flat major Op. 11: II. Adagio
Clarinet Trio in B flat major Op. 11: III. Tema: 'Pria ch'io l'impregno' (Allegretto)
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: II. Adagio cantabile
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: III. Tempo di Menuetto & Trio
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: IV. Tema con Variaziono (Andante)
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: V. Scherzo (Allegro molto e vivace) & Trio
Septet in E flat major Op. 20: VI. Andante con molto alla Marcia - Presto
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: I. Prelude: Lento-Poco più mosso - Lento
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: II. Fugue: Adagio
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: III. Scherzo: Allegretto
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: V. Finale: Allegretto
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: I. Prelude: Lento-Poco più mosso - Lento
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: II. Fugue: Adagio
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: III. Scherzo: Allegretto
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: V. Finale: Allegretto
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): I. Spring Waltz: clarinet & piano (from Michurin Op. 78a No. 3)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): II. Waltz-scherzo: flute & piano (from The Bolt Op. 27)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): III. Waltz:: flute, clarinet & piano (from The Return of Maxim Op. 45)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): IV. Barrel Organ Waltz: piccolo clarinet & piano (from The Gadfly Op. 97a No. 5)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: I. Andante
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: II. Allegro non troppo
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: III. Largo
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: IV. Allegretto
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: I. Prelude: Lento-Poco più mosso - Lento
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: II. Fugue: Adagio
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: III. Scherzo: Allegretto
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57: V. Finale: Allegretto
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): I. Spring Waltz: clarinet & piano (from Michurin Op. 78a No. 3)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): II. Waltz-scherzo: flute & piano (from The Bolt Op. 27)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): III. Waltz:: flute, clarinet & piano (from The Return of Maxim Op. 45)
Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (arr, Lev Atovmyan): IV. Barrel Organ Waltz: piccolo clarinet & piano (from The Gadfly Op. 97a No. 5)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: I. Andante
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: II. Allegro non troppo
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: III. Largo
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67: IV. Allegretto
Chamber Symphony Op. 9: Langsam
Chamber Symphony Op. 9: Sehr rasch
Chamber Symphony Op. 9: Viel langsamer, aber doch fliessend
Chamber Symphony Op. 9: Viel langsamer
Chamber Symphony Op. 9: Etwas bewegter
Verklärte Nacht Op. 4: Grave ('Zwei Menschen gehn')
Verklärte Nacht Op. 4: Poco più mosso ('Ich trag ein Kind')
Verklärte Nacht Op. 4: ('Sie geht mit ungelenken Schritt')
Verklärte Nacht Op. 4: Adagio ('Das Kind, das Du empfangen')
Verklärte Nacht Op. 4: Adagio (molto tranquillo) ['Er lasst sie um die starken Hüften']
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, 'Dumky' B166 (Op. 90): I. Lento maestoso - Allegro
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, 'Dumky' B166 (Op. 90): II. Poco adagio - Vivace
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, 'Dumky' B166 (Op. 90): III. Andante - Vivace
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, 'Dumky' B166 (Op. 90): IV. Andante moderato
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, 'Dumky' B166 (Op. 90): V. Allegro - Meno mosso
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, 'Dumky' B166 (Op. 90): VI. Lento maestoso - Vivace
Piano Quintet in A major B155 (Op. 81): I. Allegro ma non tanto
Piano Quintet in A major B155 (Op. 81): II. Dumka (Andante con moto)
Piano Quintet in A major B155 (Op. 81): III. Scherzo (Furiant). Molto vivace
Piano Quintet in A major B155 (Op. 81): IV. Finale (Allegro)
Piano Trio No. 1 in F major Op. 18: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Trio No. 1 in F major Op. 18: II. Andante
Piano Trio No. 1 in F major Op. 18: III. Scherzo-Presto
Piano Trio No. 1 in F major Op. 18: IV. Allegro
Septet in E flat Op. 65: I. Préambule: allegro moderato
Septet in E flat Op. 65: II. Menuet: Tempo di minuetto moderato
Septet in E flat Op. 65: III. Intermède: andante
Septet in E flat Op. 65: IV. Gavotte et Final: allegro non troppo
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: Pianists
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: Fossils
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Swan
The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: Finale
Trio for Clarinet, Viola & Piano in E flat major K498, 'Kegelstatt': I. Andante
Trio for Clarinet, Viola & Piano in E flat major K498, 'Kegelstatt': II. Menuetto
Trio for Clarinet, Viola & Piano in E flat major K498, 'Kegelstatt': III. Rondo : Allegretto
Oboe Quartet in F K370/368b: I. Allegro
Oboe Quartet in F K370/368b: II. Adagio
Oboe Quartet in F K370/368b: III. Rondeau (Allegro)
Horn Quintet in E flat K407/K386c: I. Allegro
Horn Quintet in E flat K407/K386c: II. Andante
Horn Quintet in E flat K407/K386c: III. Allegro
Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major K285b: I. Allegro
Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major K285b: II. Andantino con variazioni
Flute Quartet No. 2 in G major KV285a: I. Andante
Flute Quartet No. 2 in G major KV285a: II. Tempo di Menuetto
Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major K285: I. Allegro
Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major K285: II. Adagio
Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major K285: III. Rondo
Flute Quartet No. 4 in A major K298: I. Andante
Flute Quartet No. 4 in A major K298: II. Menuetto
Flute Quartet No. 4 in A major K298: III. Rondieaux: Allegretto grazioso, ma non troppo presto, pero non troppo adagio.
Violin Sonata in G minor: I. Allegro vivo
Violin Sonata in G minor: II. Intermède (Fantasque et léger)
Violin Sonata in G minor: III. Finale (Très animé)
Sonata for flute, viola and harp: I. Pastorale (Lento, dolce e rubato)
Sonata for flute, viola and harp: II. Interlude (Tempo di Minuetto)
Sonata for flute, viola and harp: III. Finale (Allegro moderato ma risoluto)
Sonata for Cello and Piano: I. Prologue. Lent
Sonata for Cello and Piano: II. Sérénade et Finale. Moderato animé
Sonata for Cello and Piano: III. Finale. Animé (Léger et nerveux)
Sonata for Violin and Cello: I. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Cello: II. Très vif
Sonata for Violin and Cello: III. Lent
Sonata for Violin and Cello: IV. Vif, avec entrain
Chansons madécasses: I. Nahandove
Chansons madécasses: II. Aoua !
Chansons madécasses: III. Il est doux. de se coucher ...
Piano Trio in A minor: I. Modéré
Piano Trio in A minor: II. Pantoum: Assez vif
Piano Trio in A minor: III. Passacaille: Très large
Piano Trio in A minor: IV. Finale: Animé
Part I: Mondestrunken - Colombine - Der Dandy - Eine blasse Wascherin - Valse de Chopin - Madonna - Der kranke Mond
Part II: Nacht - Gebet an Pierrot - Raub - Rote Messe - Galgenlied - Enhauptung - Die Kreuze
Part III: Heimweh - Gemeinheit! - Parodie - Der Mondfleck - Serenade - Heimfahrt - O alter Duft
No. 1. Akahito
No. 2. Mazatsumi
No. 3. Tsaraiuki


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