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  • Composer: Frank Bridge
  • Audio CD (28 Mar 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014AD
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Phantasie Quartet in F sharp minor: I. Allegro moderato 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Phantasie Quartet in F sharp minor: II. Andante moderato 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Phantasie Quartet in F sharp minor: III. Allegro ma non troppo 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Novelletten: I. Andante moderato 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Novelletten: II. Presto: Allegretto 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Novelletten: III. Allegro vivo 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 3 Idylls: I. Adagio molto espressivo 7:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 3 Idylls: II. Allegretto poco lento 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 3 Idylls: III. Allegro con moto 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. An Irish Melody, "Londonderry Air" 7:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sir Roger de Coverley, "A Christmas Dance": Sir Roger de Coverley 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sally in Our Alley 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cherry Ripe 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 3 Pieces for Organ: I. Allegretto0:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 3 Pieces for Organ: II. Moderato 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 3 Pieces for Organ: III. Allegro marcato 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Saatchi on 7 Dec 2012
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Fine yet sometimes neglected British composer, beautifully interpreted. Lush, quintessentially English but still fresh and modern. Buy this disc NOW!
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BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS 23 Jun 2000
By Melvyn M. Sobel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Our English cousin, Frank Bridge [1879-1941], like his contemporary EJ Moeran, is a ridiculously neglected composer. Again, like Moeran, Bridge seems to have garnered most attention through his orchestral works, such as his beautiful suite, "The Sea." Lucky we are, then, to have this Naxos recording of a goodly selection of early Bridge quartet works, superbly produced and engineered, with the Maggini foursome at the helm. These are not the acerbic and sparse compositions of Bridge's later years, but rather his chamber music at its most inviting.

That said, the opening Phantasie Quartet in F Minor (1905) strikes one immediately as innovative and attractive, its first movement quite endearing and possessing a delicious lyrical main theme. The second movement Andante has a sweet lilting quality to it bringing to mind the English countryside. The final Allegro is, well, if anything, a jaunty ride through the hills and dales.

The three Novelletten (1904) again display Bridge's proclivity towards melody and lyricism: the first, a gentle, soothing Andante; the second, a mild-mannered Presto accented by plucked strings; the third, a memorable,full-blooded Allegro.

The Three Idylls are of exceptional grace and beauty, especially the first, and the longest of the three, marked Adagio molto espressivo.

The four pieces Bridge "translates," not transcribes, from traditional English tunes (incl. "An Irish Melody," "Sir Roger," "Sally in Our Alley" and "Cherry Ripe") he accomplishes within his own idiom, and there are not just a few nods at Ravel and the French School, either, hidden amongst the English lyricism.

Capping the CD are three heretofore unrecorded works by Bridge of rather short duration, but all quite delightful, anyway.

[Running time: 59:55]
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
immensely pleasurable listening 23 Feb 2010
By jsa - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had this Frank Bridge chamber music anthology in my library for most of the fifteen years that it's been around. Indeed, it's one of the most-played discs in my British music collection. These early works by Bridge are joyful, meditative, atmospheric and richly reflective of the English folk tradition - all of which make them an immense pleasure to listen to. There's no shortage of substance and creative ideas here, all played with imagination and enthusiasm by the Maggini Quartet.

Bridge was greatly affected by the First World War and also attracted to the music of the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Webern and Berg), influences that began showing up in his music by the mid-1920's. While his early first and second string quartets are melodic and pastoral, his third (1925-6) and fourth quartets (1937) sound as though they came from a different pen. Although there is much to appreciate in the composer's work as it evolved, those who are new to Bridge might want to begin with his earlier work. For this reason, if I were to recommend just one collection of music by Bridge, this Naxos disc would be it.
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Frank Bridge: Works for String Quartet 7 Mar 2013
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank Bridge: Works for String Quartet is a 1994 Naxos recording featuring the Maggini Quartet as they play Frank Bridge's works for string quartet. Having never listened to Frank Bridge, this was a pleasant surprise indeed and I very much enjoyed listening to this stellar performance by the Maggini Quartet. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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Darling Buds of May 18 Aug 2004
By david - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm trawling for string quartet music which sounds so great you want to play it, but easy enough to have a bash at if you're not very good. The very last track on the disc, piece 2 of "3 pieces" (no prize for the unimaginative name!) sounds like just such a piece for me. It is only a couple of minutes long, and I think would bear a complete repeat from beginning to end. From an English composer it's a vibrant English seasidy quartet with a syncopated beat, conjuring 1950's England, Darling buds of May, Just William, and my old feller's 1950's holidays in Llandudno as a teenager listening to the pier orchestra (aka the Liverpool Phil in disguise). The other pieces on the CD, including Londonderry Air, are rather more challenging than my simple tastes expected, and I shall reserve judgement until I have heard them a bit more. My rating of three stars may be unduly mean but I was not allowed to submit a review without picking a figure so I've just gone in the middle.
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