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Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet; Cello Sonata; Violin Sonata; Folk Tunes / Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Phantasy Quartet, for piano quartet in F sharp minor, H. 94
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : An Irish Melody (Londonderry Air), for string quartet, H 86
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Cherry Ripe, for string quartet, H 119/2
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sally in Our Alley, for string quartet, H. 119/1
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sir Roger de Coverley, Christmas dance for string orchestra, H 155
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, H. 39
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Nash Ensemble presents a fascinating compendium of Frank Bridge's chamber music. Bridge is best known through his most famous pupil, Benjamin Britten, who recognized his teacher's genius and frequently programmed his works. The Phantasy Piano Quartet, completed in June 1910, reveals Bridge's early style at its most fluent. In his later works, represented here by the Cello Sonata and Violin Sonata, Bridge made use of more angular melodies, and seemed influenced by contemporary trends in Europe, much to the dismay of critics at home, but Britten staunchly defended him. Also included are folk-song arrangements in which Bridge absorbs the material into his musical fabric, taking creative ownership of the melodies.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
This release is beautifully played and perfectly recorded. The Cello Sonata is much more sophisticated. The harmonic language owes much to Debussy and Ravel, and parts of II sound a lot like Ravel's Trio. The work I like best is the Violin Sonata. It strongly shows the influence of the Second Vienna School, and this style suits Bridge's personality well. There are still moments of tonal simplicity. Bridge composed a number of works in this style. I would like to hear them. For fans of Bridge, this is certainly a must-have. The notes by Paul Hindmarsh are excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/22/2012-10/24/2012).



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Works Details

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Phantasy Quartet, for piano quartet in F sharp minor, H. 94
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/22/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/22/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913-1917

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : An Irish Melody (Londonderry Air), for string quartet, H 86
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/22/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1908

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Cherry Ripe, for string quartet, H 119/2
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/22/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sally in Our Alley, for string quartet, H. 119/1
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/22/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sir Roger de Coverley, Christmas dance for string orchestra, H 155
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/22/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1922

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, H. 39
  • Performers: Marianne Thorsen (Violin); Ian Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/22/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904