This disc, originally recorded and issued as long ago as 1979, still sounds very well and there is no need to have any doubts about the recorded quality. The Nash Ensemble were a talented group of musicians, the precise make-up of the group depending on the music to be played / recorded. That variation applies to this disc of Spohr's nonet and octet.
The nonet requires flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass. The octet requires clarinet, violin, two violas, cello and double bass plus two horns. The players involved in both works are Antony Pay (clarinet, John Pigneguy (horn), Marcia Crayford (violin), Brian hawkins (viola), Christopher van Kempen (cello) and Rodney Slatford (double bass). Marcia Crayford is Christopher van Kempen's wife.
Spohr (1784-1859) was a very popular composer during his lifetime and turned his hand to writing skilfully to many genres of composition. These include 11 operas, 15 violin concertos, clarinet...
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