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Borodin, Glazunov, Arensky – Chamber Music (The Nash Ensemble) (2012)

4-12-2015, 15:00
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Borodin, Glazunov, Arensky – Chamber Music
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Onyx
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue) / Mp3 320
Total Time: 01:05:41
Total Size: 316 Mb / 175 Mb


String Sextet in D minor
01. I. Allegro [05:38].
02. II. Andante [03:47].

String Quintet in A, Op. 39
03. I. Allegro. — Coda. Poco animato [08:09].
04. II. Scherzo. Allegro moderato. — Poco meno mosso. — Allegro. — Tempo I. — Coda. Animando poco a poco. — Poco più sostenuto. — A tempo [05:54].
05. III. [Introduzione.] Andante sostenuto. — Andante mosso. — [Coda.] A tempo, tranquillo [07:24].
06. IV. Finale. Allegro moderato. — [Coda.] Più mosso. Allegro vivo. — Grazioso. — Presto. — Prestissimo [07:15].

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35
07. I. Moderato [10:34].
08. II. Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky [12:02].
(08.) Тема. Moderato. —
(09.) — I. Un poco più mosso. —
(10.) — II. Allegro non troppo. —
(11.) — III. Andantino tranquillo. —
(12.) — IV. Vivace. —
(13.) — V. Andante. —
(14.) — VI. Allegro con spirito. —
(15.) — VII. Andante con moto. —
(16.) — Moderato. — Poco più mosso. — Moderato.
09. III. Finale. Andante sostenuto. — Allegro moderato [04:09].

The Nash Ensemble:
Marianne Thorsen,
Laura Samuel,
Lawrence Power,
Philip Dukes,
Paul Watkins,
Alice Neary.

Russian chamber music is in general not much recorded, so this release ought to be of interest on its face to Russian music enthusiasts. Novelty, in fact, seems to have been one of the primary determinants of the program selection; Alexander Borodin wrote several chamber pieces as a young man, and the only reason for the inclusion of the incomplete String Sextet No. 2 in D minor here is that it is all but unknown. It's a cheery work in a Mendelssohnian idiom, attractive but not quite able to live up to its top billing. The String Quintet in A major, Op. 39, of Glazunov resembles other Russian chamber pieces with its primarily pizzicato scherzo: it feels like a miniature orchestral work. Most unusual and distinctive is the String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35, for the combination of violin, viola, and two cellos, by Anton Arensky. The work was composed in 1894 as an homage to Tchaikovsky and quotes one of his works in the central theme and variations. Like many of Arensky's compositions, this quartet is contrapuntally quite intricate, yet the distinctive scoring, appropriate to the work's memorial purpose, lends it an instantly accessible somber mood. It's a real find for chamber recitalists, and it's worth the purchase price for the album. The performances by Britain's Nash Ensemble have the buttoned-down quality that can be fatal in Russian music, but they're of little impediment here.

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