The Nash Ensemble
In this delightful disc, chamber music rarities by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor are performed by The Nash Ensemble. The early Piano Quintet shows the precocious development of the young composer, already demonstrating the flair for melody and inexhaustible spontaneity that would become a hallmark of his later works. The astonishing Clarinet Quintet is a work of remarkable subtlety and sophistication, rhythmically exuberant and complex, and uses the ensemble in an integrated way that demonstrates the composer’s utter mastery of the genre. This is music of deep sensibility that deserves to be better known.