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Release Date: Sunday 20 May 2007
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"The Nash field a strong line-up to tackle these Brahms gems." Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine September 2007
Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine September 2007
"The Nash field a strong line-up to tackle these Brahms gems. The subtlety, the sheer dexterity of the interplay between the members of the Nash Ensemble in this wonderful disc can be dizzying to hear. It's not simply a question of how fast they can play the notes; it has more to do with the speed, nimbleness and yet profundity with which they can switch emotions, dipping in and out of moods seemingly at will. This is very classy playing indeed."
It's a very generous 77 minute coupling containing both of Brahms superb String Sextets with regular Nash players joined by star guests Philip Dukes and Tim Hugh.
The String Sextets are two of Brahms' finest, most warm-hearted and romantic chamber works. Unusually, all repeats are observed in these performances, recorded at Champs Hill, Sussex in December 2006.
The Nash Ensemble, having recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary, are having something of a golden period, and their previous ONYX discs of Turnage world premieres (ONYX4005) and Mendelssohn Piano Trios (ONYX4011) have received rave reviews.
String Sextet No. 1 in B flat, op. 18
String Sextet No. 2 in G, op. 36