Mezzo-soprano Christine Rice joins the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall on Saturday 6 November in a programme of Russian Songs. Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky songs are performed alongside Borodin’s songs with obbligato cello. Arensky’s string quartet with two cellos, written in memory of Tchaikovsky, is paired with Tchaikovsky’s own much-loved slow movement from his String Quartet No. 1, and Beethoven’s String Quintet in C Op. 29.
The Nash Ensemble’s 2010/11 Wigmore Hall season, its first as official Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the prestigious London venue, explores Beethoven’s links to Russia, and his influence on Russian chamber music. Music by Beethoven is combined with works from the rich Russian tradition, presenting well-known masterpieces and lesser-known gems.