Bruch: String Quintets & Octet

Hyperion: CDA68168

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Bruch: String Quintets & Octet


Presto Disc of the Week

31st March 2017

Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Chamber

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2017



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Bruch: String Quintets & Octet


String Quintet in E Flat, Op. posth (1918)

Octet in B flat major, Op. post. (1920)

String Quintet in A minor, Op. posth (1918)



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Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Music which belies the date and circumstances of its composition. All three works were written in the immediate aftermath of World War I, yet inhabit a sound world of Brahmsian richness and warmth—very much the product of the composer of the famous Violin Concerto. The Nash Ensemble are ideal interpreters.

Max Bruch: String Quintet in E Flat, Op. posth (1918)

1. Andante Con Moto

2. Allegro

3. Andante Con Moto

4. Andante Con Moto; Allegro Ma Non Troppo Vivace

Max Bruch: String Quintet in A minor, Op. posth (1918)

1. Allegro

2. Allegro Molto

3. Adagio Non Troppo

4. Allegro

Max Bruch: Octet in B flat major, Op. post. (1920)

1. Allegro Moderato

2. Adagio

3. Allegro Molto

The Observer

26th March 2017


“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.”

Presto Classical

David Smith

31st March 2017

“they have a yearning lyricism that harks back to the G minor Violin Concerto...and the rich texture of five and eight parts gives the sound a depth and mellowness. Although all three are in the ‘concertante’ style, ensuring that first violinist Stephanie Gonley enjoys the majority of the limelight, there’s no shortage of interplay between the parts as well as some delightful melodic turns of phrase.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2017

“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...Together, these performances go to the top of a not exactly crowded field; in fact his disc needs to be heard by everyone who loves German Romantic chamber music.”

Classical Ear

14th April 2017


“These three very likeable chamber offerings by Max Bruch…receive joyously assured treatment from the distinguished members of The Nash Ensemble on this truthfully engineered Hyperion release…Tully Potter supplies a personable and authoritative booklet-essay, and collectors with a sweet tooth will find the disc as a whole well worth seeking out.”

May 2017


“The Nash Ensemble members (including Stephanie Gonley, Laura Samuel, Lawrence Power and Adrian Brendel) play superbly and devotedly and are tangibly recorded. Highly recommended.”

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