Bruch,Vaughan Williams quintets

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Bruch,Vaughan Williams quintets

Post by Rach3 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:52 pm

The Nash Ensemble ( including Alfred Brendel’s cellist son Adrian Brendel and violist Lawrence Powers ) play live Bruch’s String Quintet published for the first time in 2008, and Vaughan Williams early ( 1903 ) Piano Quintet, my first hearings of both, echoes of his Violin Concerto in the Bruch, the VW wonderful, wow, especially the 2nd mov. (!!) :

Per the BBC :

“ The UK's leading chamber group, the Nash Ensemble, celebrate two of the most tuneful of chamber music composers, Bruch and Vaughan Williams - and their little-known connection.

Vaughan Williams: St Denio (Scherzo) from Welsh Hymn Tunes
Bruch: String Quintet in E flat major
Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in C minor (1903)

In 1897 the young Englishman Ralph Vaughan Williams spent an enjoyable few months in Berlin studying with the renowned German composer Max Bruch. "Bruch encouraged me," Vaughan Williams recalled, "and I had never had much encouragement before." Bruch's official testimonial for Vaughan Williams calls him "a very good musician and a talented composer"; Vaughan Williams also remembered Bruch appreciating his "very original ideas" - though not his harmonies, which were "rather too original“. Hearing their music together, the delightful surprise is discovering how much they had in common.”

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