SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912): Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 1, Clarinet Quintet in F Sharp Minor, Op. 10, Ballade in C Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 73.
Catalogue Number: 10J005
Reference: CDA 67590
Description: It's different and unusual to be able to discuss a recording of turn-of-the-century chamber music from Europe and not have to mention the name Brahms. Coleridge-Taylor was happy to acknowledge Dvorák as his favorite composer and both youthful works here, the Op. 1 from 1893 and the Op. 10 from 1897, show the Bohemian composer's fullness of spirit, touch of open-air rusticity and endless, flowing melody (Coleridge-Taylor's melodic talent was perhaps his most exceptional trait). The clarinet quintet was even prompted by his teacher Stanford's assurance that, after Brahms' work in this genre, no one would ever again be able to produce a work without Brahms' influence - so enter Dvorák again, triumphantly. The fairly large-scale, 13-minute Ballade dates from 1907 and is infused by a Slavic passion and a rather Rachmaninovian melancholy. The Nash Ensemble.