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Brahms: Piano Quintet, Horn Trio / The Nash Ensemble

Release Date: 05/01/2009 
Label:  Crd Records   Catalog #: 3489   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elizabeth LaytonRoger ChaseChristopher Van KampenIan Brown,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It would be hard to imagine more amiable performances of these two strongly characterized Brahms works...intense as well as warm, plainly derived from long experience performing this music in concert... The romanticism of the Nash approach comes out particularly strongly in the opening Andante of the Horn Trio, with the horn soloist, Frank Lloyd, producing exceptionally rich, braying tone to remind one of Dennis Brain. After relaxed accounts of the first three movements the galloping finale is then given with great panache, conveying more fun than the more virtuoso reading from Ashkenazy, Perlman and Tuckwell. Thanks partly to the CRD recording, the Nash performances are made to sound satisfyingly beefy, almost orchestral, though some may Read more find the full-bodied sound a degree too reverberant, with the piano rather in front of the strings. The disc can be strongly recommended, particularly as this is the only available coupling of these two works.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elizabeth Layton (Violin), Roger Chase (Viola), Christopher Van Kampen (Cello),
Ian Brown (Piano), Marcia Crayford (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1864; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1991 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London 
Length: 42 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Marcia Crayford (Violin), Frank Lloyd (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1991 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London 
Length: 29 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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