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Louis Vierne: String Quartet in d minor; Gabriel Pierne: Piano Quintet / Piers Lane (piano), Goldner String Quartet

Album Summary

>Pierné, Gabriel : Quintet for piano & strings in E minor, Op. 41
>Vierne, Louis : Quartet for Strings, Op. 12
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Goldner String Quartet presents two utterly charming - yet little-known - examples of French chamber music by contemporaneous composers Pierné and Vierne. Pierné's fame came from his conducting, and his compositions are largely forgotten today. His Piano Quintet shows the influences of Massenet and Franck. Best known for his sacred organ music, Vierne's String Quartet shows a lighter side. It features the Intermezzo, one of the most beautiful movements in all French chamber music. Over it hovers the spirit of Berlioz's Queen Mab Scherzo and of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, conjured up by pizzicatos, tremolos and dancing phrases that suddenly turn on a centime piece from one key to another.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
As this stylish account [of the Vierne] by the Goldner Quartet makes clear, it has a striking concision of expression, and the flitting of the Intermezzo is magical...Piers Lane joins the fun for Pierné's Piano Quintet...with the advocacy of this finely nuanced performance, Pierné's rhythmic and timbral invention shine through.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
It would be hard to imagine a more persuasive or compelling performance [of the Pierné] than this one...What is striking is how attuned to the medium [Vierne] is, and the work is full of wonderfully effective writing...this is a fascinating and eminently worthwhile addition to the catalogue.

International Record Review, May 2014
One would have little difficulty guessing that the performers are not French...The Goldner's sound is rather beefy for this music; no one could accuse them of precious understatement...Having said that, I admit that these are very well-thought-out performances.

MusicWeb International, 15th May 2014
The Goldner String Quartet are on the edge of their seats [in the Vierne], and in the quartet probably the edge of their techniques (remember, Vierne was not a string writer), but they can breathe more easily in the big Pierné piece, where the challenges come in making the huge work flow seamlessly and expressively.

The Guardian, 3rd April 2014
The Goldner weigh every chord to perfection, and make the textures utterly transparent, while their partnership with Lane in the quintet is exemplary.

The Telegraph, 4th April 2014
There is discipline in this music, but also a warmth of spirit that finds an outlet in the third movement, and which the Goldners interpret with stylish sensitivity - a characteristic, indeed, of the whole disc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/08/2013-05/10/2013).


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Works Details

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Quintet for piano & strings in E minor, Op. 41
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Goldner String Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/08/2013-05/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Vierne, Louis : Quartet for Strings, Op. 12
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (05/08/2013-05/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music