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Elgar: Piano Quintet; String Quartet / Piers Lane, Goldner Qrt.

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 83
>Elgar, Edward : Mina, for small orchestra
>Elgar, Edward : Laura valse, for piano
>Elgar, Edward : March, for piano in D major
>Elgar, Edward : Impromptu, for piano
>Elgar, Edward : Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84
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Notes & Reviews:

Inspired by the rural beauty of the surroundings at his country retreat in 1917, Edward Elgar embarked on the composition of some of his most inspired and imaginative chamber works. Both the String Quartet and the Piano Quintet are works of great depth and elegance. Their conservative style disregards the compositional trends of the time and displays an unabashed late-romanticism. The disc features sumptuous playing from the acclaimed Goldner String Quartet, who are joined by pianist Piers Lane for Elgar's sublime Piano Quintet, a large-scale work of almost orchestral sonority. These masterpieces are accompanied by four previously unrecorded works for solo piano, the last of which was written by Elgar at the age of 72. They are intimate, charming rarities, superbly performed by Lane.

"As this fine account by Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet demonstrates, [the Piano Quintet is] full of highly expressive, authentically Elgarian tunes. The Goldners' account of the quartet is finely fluent, too, and in both works they resist the temptation to over-egg the climaxes." -The Guardian

"The quintet is given real stature in this very fine recording, with the Goldners and Piers Lane revelling in the expansive themes of the opening moderato and the unashamedly romantic adagio. The Goldners bring the same emotional intensity to the febrile quartet with its shifting tonality and quirky rhythmic scheme, before Lane presents some fascinating miniatures." -The Observer

"Of his 1918 quartet, [Elgar] wrote: “I know it does not carry us further, but it is full of golden sounds and I like it.” The well-named Goldner Quartet capture those golden sounds - and the piece’s elegiac moods - in an exquisitely nuanced way. The Quintet, more extrovert despite its moving adagio, gets brilliant playing from Lane" -The Sunday Times

"The Goldner String Quartet judges the Elgar idiom persuasively, finding that blend of sensibility and muscularity, wistful meditation and optimistic motivation. The main works are the E minor String Quartet (1918) and the A minor Piano Quintet...both are played with distinction, and with a secure grasp of the give and take of pulse that is integral to Elgar’s music." -The Daily Telegraph

"The Quartet is delicately charming, with an exquisite Elgarian touch that the Goldners capture most sympathetically, without sentimentalising it. They also give an excellent performance with Piers Lane of the better known, much more dramatic Piano Quintet, tracing its mood swings seamlessly and handling the great Adagio with the unaffected restraint it deserves." -The Financial Times

"This is one of those rare discs that give pleasure and food for thought in equal measure...when [Elgar's chamber music] is played with the kind of understanding shown by these five musicians it leaves one wondering how anyone could miss the subtle variety, the elegant sophistication under the surface...The whole experience is a valuable reminder that Elgar doesn't display his originality openly." -BBC Music Magazine

"In the Elgar Piano Quintet, they make the most of the work's Brahmsian qualities balancing solidity with élan, tenderness with tension, delicacy with ferocity. The String Quartet is likewise treated with sensitivity, subtlety and great understanding of its tremulous, troubled nature. Lane gives an affectionate account of the little piano pieces." -Classic FM

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/03/2010-07/05/2010).



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>Elgar, Edward : Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 83
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/03/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Elgar, Edward : Mina, for small orchestra
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/03/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Elgar, Edward : Laura valse, for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/03/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Elgar, Edward : March, for piano in D major
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/03/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Elgar, Edward : Impromptu, for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/03/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1932

>Elgar, Edward : Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/03/2010-07/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1918-1919