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Ensemble

Alleged Dances

Psappha at the Buxton Festival,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Manchester's new music ensemble Psappha has made several distinguished appearances at the Buxton Festival over the years. On this occasion we heard solid string sextet repertoire from Brahms and Schoenberg, with John Adams supplying the wild card (St John's Church, Buxton, UK, 25 July 2015).

Brahms' B flat Sextet typifies his liking for rich, dark sonorities, not least in the opening trio for viola and both cellos. Psappha's steady tempo helped to keep textures clear, though tuttis tended at first to sound bottom-heavy...

Copyright © 1 August 2015 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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PSAPPHA

JOHANNES BRAHMS

JOHN ADAMS

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

BUXTON

DERBYSHIRE

UNITED KINGDOM

BUXTON FESTIVAL

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