Review: Nash Ensemble, Winchester Theatre Royal

Nash Ensemble
Nash Ensemble
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The music sparkled like a sun-dappled Hampshire trout stream: well, this was the piano quintet by Schubert commonly known as ‘The Trout’.

It was the final piece in the final concert of the Winchester Festival, a gem of programming and performance in a gem of a venue.

The Trout Quintet highlighted not only the fluency of the expert playing but a sense that the performers felt free to express themselves with apparent spontaneity.

In Haydn’s Gipsy Trio, the yearning quality of the slow movement was as striking as the finale’s bravura, and the gipsy element was again to the fore in the finale of Brahms’s Piano Quartet No 1. Equally remarkable was the way the players developed the formal rigour of the work’s opening four-note pattern with dramatic intensity and flair.