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Bridge: String Sextet, Quintet / Raphael String Ensemble

Album Summary

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : String Sextet, for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos in E flat major, H. 107
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Lament, for 2 violas in C minor, H. 101/2
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : String Quintet, for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello in E minor, H 7
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Notes & Reviews:

"Even at their most orchestral, the Raphaels maintain the intimacy and spontaineity of a smaller chamber group. When the score calls for them to break up into smaller subgroups, it is amazing what they can do." - Sundram, ARG

'L'enthousiasme des Raphael, justement signataires d'une splendide gravure des deux quintettes de Brahms, ne se dément pas : les contrastes dûment accentués et la beauté de leur sonorité vont au-delà des intentions de l'auteur : ils transforment l'essai talentueux d'un novice en un cru que l'on attribuerait aux meilleures années' (Diapason, France)

'The Raphael Ensemble plays with passion and sensitivity and is beautifully recorded' (Fanfare, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Bridge was a star student at the RCM, and his E minor String Quintet from 1901, one of four chamber offerings he wrote at that time, reveals a burgeoning talent. Cast in four movements and lasting just over half an hour, it's an accomplished achievement. A scrupulous craft and pleasing sense of proportion attest to lessons well learnt under Stanford's tutelage, yet there's already a strongly emergent personality in pages such as the third-movement trio section. The finale, too, shows enviable skills, the poignant backward glance to the work's opening just before the close being particularly effective. It's preceded by a powerfully wrought Lament for two violas first performed by Lionel Tertis and the composer at London's Aeolian (now Wigmore) Hall in March 1912. Both works are worthy of resuscitation and both are superbly served here.

So too is the Sextet (1906-12) in an even more persuasive performance than that by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble on Chandos. The Raphael Ensemble produce a leaner, more subtly shaded sonority, allied to an extra re-creative spark and expressive urgency (witness the edgy anxiety they locate in the scherzo at the heart of the work). And the opening Allegro moderato is surveyed with due appreciation of its lyrical grace and elegant architecture; likewise, the finale combines pliancy and thrust. A delightful anthology, highly recommended.



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>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : String Sextet, for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos in E flat major, H. 107
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/28/2003-08/30/2003)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1906-1912

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Lament, for 2 violas in C minor, H. 101/2
  • Performers: Asdis Valdimarsdottir (Viola); Louise Williams (Viola)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/28/2003-08/30/2003)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : String Quintet, for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello in E minor, H 7
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/28/2003-08/30/2003)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901