The Nash Ensemble performs, at LSO St Luke's, Vaughan Williams's Phantasy String Quintet and Quintet in D and a selection of Bruch's Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano.
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: Phantasy String Quintet
Bruch: Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano (selection)
Vaughan Williams: Quintet in D major for clarinet, horn, violin, cello and piano (1898)
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 "ve-ry o-riginaal ideeas" - though not his harmonies, which were "rather too originell". Hearing their music together, the delightful surprise is discovering how much they had in common.