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Saint-saens: Piano Quartet, Etc / The Nash Ensemble


Release Date: 06/14/2005 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67431   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Ian BrownMarianne ThorsenPaul WatkinsLawrence Power,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Here is a much-needed overview of Saint-Saëns' finest chamber works, a sadly undervalued body of work whose exquisite craft and neo-classical sparkle never fail to delight. When you encounter the outward wit and vivacious scoring characterizing the Septet and the A minor Piano Quintet, you won't stop smiling. The B-flat Piano Quartet charts darker, more ambitious expressive waters, while the refined Oboe, Bassoon, and Clarinet sonatas dating from the composer's last year exploit each instrument's fullest technical and expressive gamut. What effortless, nimble virtuosity the Nash Ensemble members consistently serve up, both collectively and individually! Examples: the Op. 79 Caprice's sharply pointed
Read more woodwind chording and suave tempo transitions; the Piano Quintet Presto's breathtaking clarity; and the logically danceable tempos in the Septet that differ from the relatively brasher Capuçon/Braley recording on Virgin Classics. Hyperion's warm, spacious sonics significantly add to the immense listening pleasure that awaits you when you acquire this release--sooner rather than later. [6/22/2005]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in B flat major, Op. 41 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Marianne Thorsen (Violin), Paul Watkins (Cello),
Lawrence Power (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004 - 07/30/2004) 
2.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 14 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Paul Watkins (Cello), Benjamin Nabarro (Violin), Marianne Thorsen (Violin),
Lawrence Power (Viola), Ian Brown (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004 - 07/30/2004) 
3.
Septet for Piano, Trumpet, String Quartet and Double Bass in E flat major, Op. 65 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Paul Watkins (Cello), Mark David (Trumpet), Lawrence Power (Viola),
Duncan McTier (Double Bass), Marianne Thorsen (Violin), Viola] David [Violin Adams (Violin),
Ian Brown (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004 - 07/30/2004) 
4.
Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D major, Op. 166 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gareth Hulse (Oboe), Ian Brown (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004 - 07/30/2004) 
5.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 167 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Richard Hosford (Clarinet), Ian Brown (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004 - 07/30/2004) 
6.
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in G major, Op. 168 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Ursula Leveaux (Bassoon), Ian Brown (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004 - 07/30/2004) 
7.
Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 6 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Philippa Davies (Flute), Richard Hosford (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1857
Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004 - 07/30/2004) 
8.
Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs for Piano and Winds, Op. 79 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gareth Hulse (Oboe), Ian Brown (Piano), Philippa Davies (Flute),
Richard Hosford (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (07/15/2004 - 07/30/2004) 

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent Chamber Music December 16, 2012 By Michael W. (Knoxville, TN) See All My Reviews "I am just starting to get serious about listening to and collecting Classical music. Saint-Saens has quickly become one of my favorite composers. I really enjoy his orchestral works, and decided to try some chamber music. What a wonderful treat! The music is very well played by the Nash Ensemble; I have since purchased many more of their recordings. The Hyperion recorded sound is excellent! If you like Saint-Saens, then I heartily recommend this disc. If you are not very familiar with his music, this would certainly be a solid starting point." Report Abuse
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