The Nash Ensemble of London  - Reviews

Due to the copyright restrictions in Germany and Switzerland these are only a few reviews which we are explicitly allowed to use. Unfortunately, for this reason a large number of press reviews may not be used at the moment.

  • Gramophone - CD Bruch

  • “This is a superb account. The Nash Ensemble have a natural feeling for the music’s ebb and flow, and while they’re not afraid of big gestures and the bite of horsehair and rosin, they play beautifully as an ensemble, with the players responding to each other, and a real feeling of intimacy. Lawrence Power’s viola sings through the texture, and Stephanie Gonley, on first violin, never lets the alla ungarese brilliance of the finale turn into a mini-concerto. [...] Together, these performances go straight to the top of a not exactly crowded field; in fact, this disc needs to be heard by everyone who loves German Romantic chamber music.” (Richard Bratby, June 2017)

  • The Observer - CD Bruch

  • “The always rewarding Nash Ensemble add warmth and grace to the sprightly String Quintet in E flat major and bring verve and attack to its edgier A minor companion, but it is in the magnificent String Octet that the players finally allow the sun to truly shine. Recommended.” (Stephen Pritchard, March 2017)

  • The Financial Times - Proms - with Christine Schäfer

  • “Christine Schäfer and the instrumentalists alike were marvellously delicate.” (Richard Fairman, 29 August 2012)

  • The Independent - Proms - with Christine Schäfer

  • “This was a predictably brilliant performance, with the mercuriality of Schäfer’s Sprechgesang [in Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire] matched by the virtuosity of the ensemble. This work’s extraordinary blend of Gothic Orientalism exuded a luscious abandon.”

  • The Sunday Times - CD Schumann

  • “The Nash players are British chamber-music royalty, but always an especial pleasure to hear the voluptuous viola sound of Lawrence Power in such an eloquent dialogue with Ian Brown's piano in the too rarely heard Märchenbilder. [...] A gorgeous, unmissable disc of a great, too infrequently heard chamber music.”

  • The Sunday Times - CD Turina

  • “The near-masterpieces here are the splendid Piano Trio Op. 35, the Piano Quartet Op. 67, and the Violin Sonata, played with searing tone and rhythmic dash by Marianne Thorsen and Ian Brown, mainstays of the wonderful Nash Ensemble. Lawrence Power’s viola and Paul Watkins’s cello shine in, respectively, the Escena Andaluza and the songful tenor/bass melodies of the trio. It would be hard to imagine more compelling performances.”

  • The Sunday Times - Wigmore Hall London - with Bernarda Fink

  • “This concert began with Mozart’s great Piano Quartet in G minor, a key associated in his music with proto-romantic intensity: the performance was a quiet wonder, graced by Ian Brown’s serenely intelligent pianism, and charged with the luminous force of Lawrence Power’s viola. Bernarda Fink was the eloquent mezzo-soprano in arrangements of Zemlinsky songs and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, conducted by Martyn Brabbins; and the Adagio, standing alone, from Bruckner’s String Quintet in F revealed depths unplumbed by a Shostakovitch.”

  • The Irish Times - CD Mozart Streichquintette

  • “The Nash Ensemble’s survey of all six pieces is […] light in touch, with transparency of texture and clarity of part-playing given high priority. Lightness of touch and profundity of expression need not be strangers to each other.”

  • The Sunday Times - CD Mozart Streichquintette

  • “Magnificently played throughout - conversational, argumentative, profoundly expressive, witty - and rank with the finest ever committed to disc.”

  • Gramophone - CD Brahms String Quintets

  • “The Nash Ensemble are nothing less than the London regiment of chamber music’s crack troops and they yield nothing in interpretative power and consistency of concentration to the Hagen Quartet and Gérard Caussé, the comparison favoured in the Gramophone Classical Music Guide. Both discs present this joyful, compelling music in its best light; the Nash are recorded with a touch more immediacy.”

  • The Financial Times - Wigmore Hall

  • “It says much about our perception and consumption of classical music that a concert devoted to six living composers should seem so unusual. In any other medium it wouldn't be, and this Nash Ensemble programme needed no justifying beyond the excellent performances it inspired. Heard together, the seven works added up to far more than the sum of their parts.”

  • The Strad - CD-Review Brahms Piano Quartets Nos 1 & 3

  • “This is one of the finest CDs of the past year [...] Anchored by gigantic virtuosity from Ian Brown at the piano, they give performances that we shall surely still be hearing in 50 years.”

  • Gramophone - CD Beethoven String Quintets Op.4 & Op.29

  • “Space and clarity abound in flawlessly performed and recorded quintets.”

  • BBC Music Magazine - CD-Review Beethoven String Quintets Op.4 & Op.29

  • “I can't envisage a more satisfying account of these works.”

  • Sir Simon Rattle about the Nash Ensemble

  • “For me the secret of their success is the joy they impart to whatever music they lay their hands on.”

  • The Times - Wigmore Hall

  • “The Nash Ensemble is still the best champion that any composer could hope to have.”