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ON 4067

Borodin / Glazunov / Arensky - Chamber Works

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Originally recorded in 2011


The Nash Ensemble


Potton Hall, Suffolk

27-28 Feb & 1 Mar 2011


Andrew Keener


Will Brown

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Total Time - 64:52
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String Sextet No.2 in D minor

1 I Allegro 5:38
2 II Andante 3:47



String Quintet in A Op.39

3 I Allegro 8:09
4 II Scherzo: Allegro moderato 5:54
5 III Andante sostenuto 7:24
6 IV Finale: Allegro moderato 7:15



String Quartet No.2 in A minor Op.35

7 I Moderato 10:34
8 II Theme (Moderato) and Variations 12:02
9 III Finale: Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato 4:09

After a highly acclaimed series of Brahms chamber music releases for ONYX, the Nash Ensemble turn their attention to 19th-century Russian repertoire. Glazunov’s superbly crafted String Quintet in A of 1891 is coupled with Arensky’s Second Quartet with two cellos, and Borodin’s unfinished Sextet for strings in D minor, written according to the composer in Mendelssohnian style ‘to please the Germans’ while he was in Heidelberg.

"This is a lovely collection of Russian chamber music... All of this material is played with conviction by the Nash Ensemble ...I’m glad to have this new recording, not only for the new ten minutes of Borodin."

David W Moore - American Record Guide - November/December 2012

               Recording of the Month
"...the Nash Ensemble give warm-hearted, lyrical readings of all these works, and there are too many highlights to mention...this album has made me very happy. Two of my favorite underappreciated chamber works, a delightful novelty from Borodin, and the ever-superb playing of the Nash Ensemble, with everyone (it seems silly to single one player out) delivering their solo lines and melodies with satisfying warmth. The engineering leaves nothing to be desired; the program, filling as it does three gaps in the average listener’s library, adds up to more than the sum of its parts. The cover design’s pretty terrific too. I could go on, but what more do you need to hear?
Brian Reinhart - - 13 August 2012

"...The performances make the best possible case for these works. There isn’t a weak link in the Nash Ensemble’s line-up: each player has total command over the material but none dominates, making for the freshest kind of chamber music, all captured brilliantly in warmly resonant sound."

Andrew Morris - International Record Review - July/August 2012

                       Repertoire  ****      Sound *****      Interpretation *****


Hans-Dieter Grünefeld - Ensemble magazine - August/September 2012

                 Music  *** (Good)          Sound **** (Very Good)


TS - Fono Forum magazine - August 2012

"...Borodin’s incomplete String Sextet and Glazunov’s Quintet are well worth a listen, particularly when played with such elan as they are here" ****

Geoffrey Norris - The Daily Telegraph - 14 April 2012

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