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Brahms Unwrapped at Kings Place
2 March 2012
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Brahms String Sextet No.1 in B flat Op.18
Brahms String Sextet No.2 in G Op.36
These concerts form part of Music Nation, a countdown event for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Music Nation is a weekend of live music devised and led by the BBC, and the first nationwide countdown event for the London 2012 Festival. From Cornwall to the Shetland Isles and Belfast to Birmingham, Music Nation is an unprecedented collaboration of the UK’s orchestral and music-making communities.
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"[Murray Perahia’s] gestures are flowing and demonstrative, and they brought forth a performance with the same shapeliness and zest that characterized the concertos. The orchestra produced a lovely sound, section for section, and often played with the cohesiveness of a chamber ensemble."
Alan Koznin, New York Times
"Despite the apparent technical ease with which the music flowed, this was a superbly controlled performance with conductor Ian Brown seamlessly integrating the soloists to great effect with the well-drilled Academy of St Martin's in the Fields chamber orchestra. There are many difficulties in this work, which make performances as dazzling and faultless as this a rarity."
Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman