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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios/ Variations Concertantes

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2006

Originally recorded in 2006


Nash Ensemble

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Total Time - 71:25
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Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello No. 1, Op. 49 in D minor

1 I Molto allegro ed agitato 10:18
2 II Andante con moto tranquillo 7:55
3 III Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace 3:47
4 IV Finale. Allegro assai appassionato 8:58

Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello No. 2, Op. 66 in C minor

5 I Allegro energico e con fuoco 11:03
6 II Andante espressivo 7:32
7 III Scherzo. Molto allegro - Quasi presto 3:53
8 IV Finale. Allegro appassionato 8:01

Variations Concertantes for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 17


Second release on ONYX from “Britain’s premier chamber ensemble” (The Times).
Generous 72 minute coupling including both Piano Trios plus a substantial and unique filler in the Variations concertantes, superbly played by Paul Watkins and Ian Brown
The Piano Trios are two of Mendelssohn’s finest, most warm-hearted and romantic chamber works
The Nash Ensemble, having recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary, are having something of a golden period, with recent releases of Dvorak Chamber Music (ASV) and their previous ONYX disc of Turnage world premieres receiving rave reviews (ONYX4005) and nominated for several awards


"I must single out pianist Ian Brown on these recordings. Mendelssohn was a virtuoso and nothing short of that can bring this music off effectively. The effect for the listener is magical. Top-notch sound, informative notes, and excellent packaging
complete a very enjoyable release." 


American Record Guide - May/June 2007

" ...this recording is a resounding success in nearly every regard. Be sure to make it the latest addition to your record collection."

William Norris - 22 October 2006

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BBC 3 CD Radio Review - 4 November 2006

"Mendelssohn’s D minor Piano Trio No 1 has always overshadowed the C minor in popular appeal. But, if the later work lacks the D minor’s melodic charm, it is every bit as masterly.

The smouldering, impassioned first movement is surely the most Brahmsian piece Mendelssohn ever wrote, while the powerful finale integrates a Lutheran chorale into its argument with no hint of bombastic religiosity.
The Nash give thoroughly sympathetic performances, keeping the textures lucid and shaping Mendelssohn’s sumptuous tunes with subtlety and grace. Compared with the Florestan Trio (Hyperion), the Nash’s tempos are rather broader, their manner less volatile. While this works well in the D minor, the first movement of the C minor does gain from the Florestan’s extra surge of adrenaline.
Where I definitely prefer the Florestan is in the slow movements. No 2’s Venetian barcarolle tends to amble here, while in the Andante con moto tranquillo of No 1 the Nash stress the tranquillo at the expense of the con moto.
Still, if, unlike me, you find the Florestan’s Mendelssohn too fleet and restless, the Nash’s beautifully played performances might be just the answer."

Richard Wigmore

The Daily Telegraph - 6 January 2007

"This recording certainly has great value...the renderings in question are top-notch; technical virtuosity featuring fantastic control of phrasing and balance...The Nash Ensemble is renowned for its many high-level performances, and it defends that reputation with fire on this second ONYX release...for the superior artistry of the Nash Ensemble, you shouldn’t miss this one."
Bart Verhaeghe

Fanfare - 2007

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