Beethoven Septet and Serenade
Ensemble 360 was formed in 2005 to take up residency in South Yorkshire with Music in the Round. The ensemble brings together musicians from across the globe to form one versatile ensemble of eleven musicians; five wind players, a pianist, double bassist and the Elias String Quartet.
Ensemble 360 have grown to be a strong team and a group of friends who share a passion for their work; a passion which radiates through each performance.
The music here is ideal for those who find much of Beethoven a little too pompous; this is Beethoven at his small-scale unbuttoned best… There are some performances that one instinctively knows are going to be just right from the very start, and this is one of them. The Serenade is also delightful music; its neglect is something of a mystery, especially when it receives a performance as sympathetic as that offered by Ensemble 360. With notes by Misha Donat, there is every reason to buy this new CD.
Brian Wilson, Musicweb-international com
“These works demand much of the players…here the admirable Ensemble 360 group give absolutely enchanting and totally convincing accounts of both of them. Every instrumentalist here is first-class…strongly recommended.” Gramophone, 2010
“There's nothing conventional about the quality of the performances...A highly desirable CD, and I can only hope for more releases from the group in the near future.”
***** MusicalCriticism.com, 2010