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Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall

The Nash Ensemble is joined by mezzo Christine Rice for Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, Brahms's Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor and Schumann's unusually scored Andante and Variations.

The Nash Ensemble is joined by mezzo Christine Rice for a programme including Wagner's famous late-1850s settings of passionately smouldering poems by Mathilde Wesendonck. The wife of the composer's patron, Mathilde inflamed Wagner's desire but nonetheless seems to have kept him at arms' length. And from almost the same time, they play Brahms's big-boned and expressive G minor Piano Quartet with its wild gypsy rondo finale. But they begin with a delightful rarity: Schumann's Andante and Variations for the unusual forces of horn and a pair each of pianos and cellos.

Recorded lat week at Wigmore Hall and presented by Sarah Walker.

Schumann: Andante and Variations for 2 pianos, 2 cellos and horn, WoO. 10
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder

8.20pm
Interval music (from CD)
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Claudio Abbado (conductor)

8.40pm
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)
Nash Ensemble:
Ian Brown (piano)
Alasdair Beatson (piano)
Richard Watkins (horn)
Benjamin Nabarro (violin)
Timothy Ridout (viola)
Adrian Brendel (cello)
Bjørg Lewis (cello)

Image copyright K. Leighton

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Andante and Variations for 2 pianos, 2 cellos and horn, WoO. 10

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Richard Wagner

    Wesendonck Lieder

    Performer: Ian Brown. Singer: Christine Rice.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried Idyll

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Barber/Korngold: Violin Concerto op.14: Gil Shaham/LSO/André Previn.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La vallée des cloches (Miroirs)

    Music Arranger: Percy Grainger. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.

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