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Elgar: String Quartet - Piano Quintet [CD]

Maggini Quartet , Edward Elgar , Peter Donohoe Audio CD
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  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (27 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014AF
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83: I. Allegro moderatoMaggini Quartet 8:13Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83: II. Piacevole (poco andante)Maggini Quartet 9:18Album Only
Listen  3. String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83: III. Allegro moltoMaggini Quartet 8:56Album Only
Listen  4. Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84: I. ModeratoPeter Donohoe13:34Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84: II. AdagioPeter Donohoe12:12Album Only
Listen  6. Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84: III. Andante: AllegroPeter Donohoe10:11Album Only

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Quatuor à cordes en mi majeur - Quintette pour piano en la mineur / Quatuor Maggini - Peter Donohoe, piano

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WINTER'S TALE 4 Jun 2002
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Very well recorded this, and at the price an outstanding bargain.
Considering their stature, these late and deeply characteristic pieces do not seem to be recorded very much. Both of them, particularly the quintet, seem to me even finer than the violin sonata that he wrote at around the same time, and I thought myself lucky to find so easily on one CD
performances worthy of my LP versions by the Claremont in the quartet and Ogdon and the Allegri in the quintet. To judge by broadcast versions that I have heard, the quintet seems to be a difficult work to bring off successfully -- the piano writing tends to sound square and awkward. Not so from Ogdon, not so from Donohoe. If pushed to a choice, my vote would probably still go to Ogdon and the Allegri for a slightly greater sense of impetus in the first movement, but nobody looking for a current version need hesitate about getting this one, especially if they want to hear a great soulful Elgarian climax in the slow movement -- a great moment on this record. In the quartet again the Maggini strike me as 'just right' and certainly as a thoroughly recommendable version for anyone just getting to know the piece. The Clarement version does not seem to be available now, and it is notable for a very adventurous account of the slow movement, taken at a very flowing tempo indeed. I have always reacted particularly positively to this performance which among other things recalls strongly the movement's obvious source of inspiration -- the marvellous andante of Brahms's A minor quartet. However the tempo the composer indicated is 'poco andante', and the Claremont give it at something more like 'molto andante', so while I still recommend collectors to keep a lookout in the hope that it will be reissued it may not be right for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance of an excellent work 20 Jan 2001
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Unaware of any works by Elgar for string quartet or piano quintet, I heard this first on Shiela Hancock's Desert Island Discs and thank her for the introduction. To me it is inspirational; a dreamy evocation of the early years of the twentieth century, though both pieces were written just after the First World War. In particular the start of the first movement of the piano quintet could be a delightful self-contained piece on its own.
The Maggini Quartet give a fine performance that on this CD is super value
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 21st Century Elgar 10 April 2013
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Elgar is associated in the minds of so many either with a kind of imperialist, Edwardian patriotism or a with sickly sentimentality. This makes it all the more important to hear the other, richer facets of his musical personality. In the E minor quartet there is a sparseness that is refreshing and more 'modern'.
With it's stark rising and falling first-movement theme it is as if he is repeatedly asking and answering questions. It's perhaps worth remembering that the quartet was completed after the country had endured all the traumas of the Great War. Gone the cocky, gung-ho certainties - instead a more poignant and reflective mood pervades.
Overall the journey of this quartet is from doubts, through the regained peace and serenity of the Adagio into its final, rediscovered confidence; not the clichéd swagger of empire, but the conviction that there is still a future to be embraced.
Elgar begins his A minor quintet almost tentatively, with a four note piano motif, and goes on to construct an almost symphonic development of it. Peter Donohoe plays with insight, clarity and passion, as do the Maggini String Quartet.
The work has a fullness and orchestral quality that contrasts with the sparseness of the E minor quartet. Indeed it expands over a longer time and on a larger artistic canvas. This is beautiful music and warmly played; music conceived on a much larger scale. Throughout it feels more like a piano concerto than an enlarged quartet. The work builds to a huge, joyful celebration that fairly romps to its conclusion. I loved it, and will play this recording many times.
People who dismiss Elgar as an anachronistic imperialist need to listen to this music. Well done, Naxos for bringing us this C.D., well played and recorded, at such a reasonable price. The audience hearing the first performance of both these works at the Wigmore Hall in May 1919 had a treat. With this recording so will you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise, surprise! 7 Dec 2012
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I thought I knew Elgar's work until I bought these versions of his String Quartet and Piano Quintet. Delightful, lush but still with a an 'edge' that strikes one as modern. Music that has stood the test of time and beautifully played.
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