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British Piano Quartets - Bridge, et al / Ames Piano Quartet

> Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 15 - I. Allegro con brio
> Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 15 - II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
> Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 15 - III. Poco adagio
> Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 15 - IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
> Piano Quartet - I. Andante maestoso
> Piano Quartet - II. Allegro scherzando
> Piano Quartet - II. Scherzo
> Piano Quartet - III. Variations and Epilogue
> Piano Quartet - I. Allegramente
> Piano Quartet - III. Andante tranquillo
> Piano Quartet - IV. Allegro molto

Album Summary

>Mackenzie, Alexander : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 11
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Phantasy Quartet, for piano quartet in F sharp minor, H. 94
>Howells, Herbert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 21
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 15
>Jacob, Gordon : Quartet for Piano and Strings
>Walton, William : Quartet for Piano and Strings
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

During one of his recital tours to Edinburgh during the 1860s and 1870s, Anton Rubinstein bluntly told Alexander Mackenzie Sie haben keine Komponisten (You [Britain] have no composers). From his account in his engaging memoir A Musician's Narrative (1927), Mackenzie apparently let the comment pass unanswered. After all, the Russian virtuoso was simply voicing a view widely heard in continental Europe - and even in Britain as well. Many years later, as he surveyed a career that had spanned six decades, Mackenzie noted with "many gleams of satisfaction" the number of important musicians and composers of high merit who had come along. In company with his slightly younger contemporaries, Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford and Edward Elgar, Mackenzie was himself part of the generation of musicians born in the mid-19th century who first demonstrated that Britain did have composers - and fine ones. Their successors - among them Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Herbert Howells and William Walton - completed the transformation of European opinion. Along with presenting a compilation of signal British contributions to the piano quartet repertoire, this set offers a sample of the music of some of the very composers who helped deliver British music from its lowly state as a source of jests to a place of international recognition and esteem.



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>Mackenzie, Alexander : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 11
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (12/18/2005-12/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1873

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Phantasy Quartet, for piano quartet in F sharp minor, H. 94
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (12/18/2005-12/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Howells, Herbert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 21
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (12/18/2005-12/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 15
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (12/18/2005-12/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1879

>Jacob, Gordon : Quartet for Piano and Strings
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (12/18/2005-12/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Walton, William : Quartet for Piano and Strings
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (12/18/2005-12/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1918-1975