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Nash Ensemble - Brahms Piano Quartets 1 & 3

Audiophile Edition - March 2009 - Gary Lemco ****
 
"Probably the best Brahms chamber disc I will hear all year"
 
International Record Review- January 2009
 
They achieve a true Brahmsian depth and tonal richness (arrestingly captured by engineer Phil Rowlands)...marries chamber-scale introspection with climaxes of awesome power and projeciton. Highly recommended. 
 
The Sunday Times- 23.11.08 - Stephen Pettit ****
 
These are terrific, clear-sighted yet impassioned performances of two compelling chamber works, given by a first-rate team of players. In the opening two movements of the G minor piano quartet, composed in 1861, there’s a beautiful control of pace and stress, the flavour slightly restrained, though there is certainly plenty of fire in the unrelenting, brilliant gypsy music of the exuberant finale. The C minor quartet, completed in 1874, speaks of darker matter, and was first thought of when Brahms was guiltily preoccupied with thoughts of Clara Schumann. This is an appositely fiery reading.