Saint-Saëns: Piano Quartet; Piano Quintet; Septet; etc.

Saint-Saëns: Piano Quartet; Piano Quintet; Septet; etc.

by The Nash Ensemble
     
 

While it does not include all Saint-Saëns' chamber music -- there are also pairs of violin sonatas and cello sonatas, pairs of piano trios and string quartets, plus a handful of other works -- this two-disc set by the Nash Ensemble includes most of the rest of the best. There's not a clinker in the bunch and…  See more details below

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While it does not include all Saint-Saëns' chamber music -- there are also pairs of violin sonatas and cello sonatas, pairs of piano trios and string quartets, plus a handful of other works -- this two-disc set by the Nash Ensemble includes most of the rest of the best. There's not a clinker in the bunch and even the earliest works have their delights. The early "Piano Quartet in A minor" may be somewhat emotionally superficial but it is brilliantly constructed, and the "Caprice sur des airs danois et russes for piano, flute, oboe, and bassoon" may be somewhat overlong but it is charmingly scored. The remaining works on the program are as fine as anything Saint-Saëns ever wrote. The "Tarentelle in A minor for flute, clarinet, and piano" is instantly memorable and thoroughly lovable. The mature "Septet for piano, trumpet, two violins, viola, cello, and bass" is infectiously melodic and completely exhilarating. The three final sonatas for oboe, for clarinet, and for bassoon are unendingly ingratiating and cornerstones of the repertoire for each instrument. As performed by the Nash Ensemble, all the works on these discs are as well-played and sympathetically interpreted as is conceivable and as recorded by Hyperion, the performances are as vivid and immediate as imaginable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571174310
catalogNumber:
67431

Tracks

  1. Septet for piano, trumpet, string quartet & bass in E flat major, Op. 65  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Nash Ensemble  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring
  2. Tarantella, for flute, clarinet & orchestra in A minor, Op. 6  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Philippa Davies  - Richard Hosford  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring  - Ian Brown
  3. Sonata for bassoon & piano, in G major, Op. 168  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Ursula Leveaux  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring  - Ian Brown
  4. Quartet for piano & strings in B flat major, Op. 41  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Nash Ensemble  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring
  5. Quintet for piano & strings in A minor, Op. 14  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Nash Ensemble  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring
  6. Sonata for oboe & piano in D major, Op. 166  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Gareth Hulse  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring  - Ian Brown
  7. Sonata for clarinet & piano in E flat major, Op. 167  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Richard Hosford  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring  - Ian Brown
  8. Caprice on Danish & Russian Airs, for flute, oboe, clarinet & piano, Op. 79  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Nash Ensemble  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring

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