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From LSO St Luke's in London, the Nash Ensemble performs Bruch's Piano Quintet in G minor and Vaughan Williams's String Quartet No 2 in A minor.

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.

Bruch: Piano Quintet in G minor
Vaughan Williams: String Quartet No 2 in A minor
Nash Ensemble

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.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Max Bruch

    Piano Quintet in G minor

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    String Quartet No 2 in A minor

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Sonatina for clarinet and piano, Op 29 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Judith Pearce. Performer: Gareth Hulse. Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Brian Wightman. Performer: John Pigneguy. Performer: Roger Chase. Performer: Ian Brown. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • The Chamber Music of Malcolm Arnold, The Nash Ensemble, Judith Pearce....
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