Nash Ensemble diary for the year ahead
"The originality and boldness of programming has kept Amelia Freedman's unique ensemble at the heart of British music-making."   Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

Diary - May 2022 to January 2023:


2022

October 15, Wigmore Hall
Ralph Vaughan Williams Anniversary concert
 
 
7.30pm
with Alessandro Fisher (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore (piano), Marianne Thorsen (violin), Adrian Brendel (cello)
Vaughan Williams: Nocturne and Scherzo for string quintet (1906)
Arnold Bax: Elegiac Trio for flute, viola & harp
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge for tenor, piano and string quartet  
 
Frank Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor
Vaughan Williams: Six Studies on English Folk Tunes for cello & piano
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs for baritone, piano & string quartet  
 
Vaughan Williams: Phantasy String Quintet
Elgar: Salut d'amour, La capricieuse, Sospiri for violin & piano
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music for 2 pianos and 16 singers


Alessandro Fisher
 
Roderick Williams
 
Simon Crawford-Phillips

Philip Moore
 
Marianne Thorsen
 
Adrian Brendel

 
 

November 14: Bath Mozartfest Assembly Rooms  
 
Mozart: Quintet in E flat, K407 for horn, violin, 2 violas & cello
Mozart: String Sextet in D, K593
Mendelssohn: Song without Words Op.109 for cello & piano
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, F667 "Trout"


Beethoven and the Romantics

In 1810, E.T.A. Hoffman proclaimed that "Beethoven's music awakens that endless longing which is the very essence of Romanticism." The Nash Ensemble traces the echoes of that longing through the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, and from Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden, to Prague, Moscow, and St Petersburg.  
 

November 19, Wigmore Hall  
 
with Roderick Williams (baritone), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano), Timothy Ridout (viola), Adrian Brendel (cello), Richard Hosford (clarinet)  
 
5.30pm
Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B flat, Op.11
Mendelssohn: Concert Piece in F minor Op.113 for clarinet, basset horn & piano
Max Bruch: From 8 Pieces Op.83 for clarinet, viola & piano  
 
It was Mozart who first opened musicians’ ears to the possibilities of the clarinet. Three pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Bruch follow his lead and take us on a musical journey from classical Vienna to pre-war Berlin.  
 
7.30pm
Beethoven: Quintet in E flat Op.16 for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn
Alma Mahler: Songs for voice and piano
Gustav Mahler: Songs for voice and piano
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D667 "Trout"  
 
Whether composed for wind instruments or strings, the piano quintets of Beethoven and Schubert celebrate the genial salon world of Viennese society. Songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler evoke the intimate moods of the Austrian capital a century later.


Roderick Williams
 
Simon Crawford-Phillips
 
Timothy Ridout
 
Adrian Brendel
 
Richard Hosford


December 10, Wigmore Hall
Beethoven and the Romantics
 
 
with Evelina Dobraceva (soprano), Alasdair Beatson (piano), Benjamin Nabarro (violin), Adrian Brendel (cello), Richard Hosford (clarinet)  
 
5.30pm
Clara Schumann: Three Romances Op.22 for violin & piano
Robert Schumann: Three Fantasy Pieces Op.73 for clarinet & piano
Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D major, Op.11  
 
The Romantic cultivation of genius was a male affair, and Felix Mendelssohn once claimed that his talented younger sister, Fanny, had "neither inclination nor vocation for authorship." Works by Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann amply disprove such condescension.  
 
7.30pm
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat, Op.70 No.2
Tchaikovsky: Songs for voice and piano
Rachmaninov: Songs for voice and piano
Musorgsky: Songs for voice and piano
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A, Op.815  
 
For Tchaikovsky, Beethoven's music evoked "an ideal world of eternal beauty and harmony." Songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Mussorgsky show how Russian composers looked to German composers for inspiration, and Dvorak's Piano Quintet puts another Slavonic slant on proceedings.  
 


Evelina Dobraceva
 
Alasdair Beatson
 
Benjamin Nabarro
 
Adrian Brendel
 
Richard Hosford



2023


January 14, Wigmore Hall
Beethoven and the Romantics
 
 
with Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore (piano duet), Philippa Davies (flute)  
 
5.30pm
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances
Prokofiev: Sonata in D for flute & piano
Tchaikovsky: Suite from the ballet The Nutcracker  
 
 
 
7.30pm
Johann Strauss: Emperor Waltz (arranged for piano, flute, clarinet and string quartet)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op.25
Beethoven: Septet in E flat for clarinet, bassoon, horm string trio and double bass  
 
 
 


Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore
 
Philippa Davies