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Wells Cathedral Choir, The Nash Ensemble, Matthew Owens - Bob Chilcott: Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012) [Re-Up]

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Wells Cathedral Choir, The Nash Ensemble, Matthew Owens - Bob Chilcott: Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012) [Re-Up]

Bob Chilcott - Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012)
Wells Cathedral Choir; The Nash Ensemble; Matthew Owens, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67650 | Time: 01:19:38

As a composer of sacred music, Bob Chilcott has found his own niche by writing accessible choral works that speak to contemporary sensibilities. As has been noted frequently, his Requiem evokes Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé, mostly through its gentle feeling and serene melodies, though without imitating their style or content. Rather, it has its own mix of somber harmonies and fluid, chantlike lines, and the expression of the work is a little cooler and darker. Chilcott's music admits occasional and mild dissonance, though the orientation is strongly modal and the harmonies always feel like a natural result of the counterpoint. Chilcott's Salisbury Motets, Downing Service, and three shorter pieces share the same modern Anglican style, which is approachable and easy to follow. The Wells Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Matthew Owens, sings with a pure tone and clear diction, and the sound of the recordings is quite resonant, thanks to the responsive acoustics of the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

The Nash Ensemble - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet, Op.16; String Quintet, Op.104; 'Eyeglass' Duo (2009)

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The Nash Ensemble - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet, Op.16; String Quintet, Op.104; 'Eyeglass' Duo (2009)

The Nash Ensemble - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet, Op.16; String Quintet, Op.104;
'Eyeglass' Duo for Viola and Cello (2009)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67745 | Time: 01:10:01

With the vast majority of Beethoven's works being frequently performed as part of the modern canon, we can sometimes forget those few pieces that often lie dormant. This Hyperion album, featuring the Nash Ensemble, celebrates three such works. The program opens with the Op. 104 C minor String Quintet, which keen listeners will instantly recognize as a transcription of the Op. 1/3 Piano Trio. The quintet version came into being as a sort of "oneupsmanship" after an amateur composer submitted his own transcription. Beethoven, who accurately assessed that he could do better, rewrote it and published it as Op. 104. If you're not already familiar with the piano trio, you may never know that the string quintet began its life in a different genre. Beethoven's writing is highly idiomatic while preserving almost the entire original score of the trio. The Nash Ensemble's performance is equally refined and stunning, making it all the more curious why this piece is not performed more frequently.

The Nash Ensemble - Joaquin Turina: Chamber Music (2012)

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The Nash Ensemble - Joaquin Turina: Chamber Music (2012)

The Nash Ensemble - Joaquín Turina: Chamber Music (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67889 | Time: 01:12:12

The colourful folk melodies and rhythms of Spain knit seamlessly with twentieth-century French compositional sophistication in Joaquín Turina’s chamber works. Born in Seville, Andalucia, the young composer went to study in Paris in 1905, where he was greatly attracted to the forward-looking style of the likes of Debussy—however, his musical course was altered when he encountered countrymen Falla and Albéniz, who encouraged him to write in a style that fully embraced his Andalucian musical heritage. Later in life the composer himself explained ‘my music is the expression of the feeling of a true Sevillian who did not know Seville until he left it’. The acclaimed Nash Ensemble here demonstrate what a satisfying artistic homecoming he made.

The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)

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The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)

The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68094 | Time: 01:15:36

This programme features concert music by composers who also wrote film scores for Hollywood. While this was just one string to the considerable bows of Gershwin and Copland, Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman are best known for their music for Hitchcock films (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Marnie and Psycho for Herrmann; and Rebecca and The Paradine Case for Waxman). Centre stage is Gershwin’s Song-book, arranged by the composer for solo piano in order to present the songs ‘as George Gershwin plays them himself’.

The Nash Ensemble - Shostakovich, Schoenberg: Chamber Works (2000)

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The Nash Ensemble - Shostakovich, Schoenberg: Chamber Works (2000)

The Nash Ensemble - Shostakovich, Schoenberg: Chamber Works (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:14:18 | 619 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | Catalog: 61760

Shostakovich's introspective Piano Quintet is one of the composer's supreme achievements. Perhaps it was the subtle nod to Baroque forms as well as the Beethoven-like use of fugue that earned this piece a permanent place in the chamber repertoire. The Nash Ensemble, led by Marcia Crayford and Elizabeth Clayton, shines especially in the playful and colorful Scherzo.