Walton, Bridge, Lekeu: Piano Quartets

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Quartet for Piano and Strings
>Bridge, Frank : Phantasy Quartet, for piano quartet in F sharp minor, H. 94
>Lekeu, Guillaume : Quartet for piano & strings (unfinished)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, July 2012
A starry level of professional chamber-music playing is par for the course in these islands. Even so, the quality on display here - above all, the near-perfect interplay between collective statement and individual contribution - puts these performances in the top flight.

International Record Review, May 2012
The Frith Piano Quartet delivers committed and entirely convincing accounts of these three works, each of these pieces being notable to some degree in the output of the individual composers.

MusicWeb International, March 2012
[The last movement of the Walton] is a superbly feisty bit of writing, with a sense of headlong drive which anticipates Belshazzar's Feast, and the players enjoy every minute of it, rampaging fearlessly through some ferociously difficult passages...The recording is superbly balanced in a nicely resonant acoustic which frames the performances of these excellent artists perfectly.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Oak Hall, Rhos-y-Gilwen Mansion, Pembrokeshire (10/24/2010-10/26/2010).



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Works Details

>Walton, William : Quartet for Piano and Strings
  • Ensemble: Frith Piano Quartet
  • Notes: The Oak Hall, Rhos-y-Gilwen Mansion, Pembrokeshire (10/24/2010-01/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1918-1975

>Bridge, Frank : Phantasy Quartet, for piano quartet in F sharp minor, H. 94
  • Ensemble: Frith Piano Quartet
  • Notes: The Oak Hall, Rhos-y-Gilwen Mansion, Pembrokeshire (10/24/2010-01/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Quartet for piano & strings (unfinished)
  • Ensemble: Frith Piano Quartet
  • Notes: The Oak Hall, Rhos-y-Gilwen Mansion, Pembrokeshire (10/24/2010-01/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888