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Elgar: String Quartet/ Piano Quintet [CD]

Piers Lane Audio CD
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  • Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (27 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B005145X0M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quartet in E minor Op 83
2. Mina
3. Laura Valse
4. March in D major
5. Impromptu
6. Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84

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The chamber music that Elgar composed in little over a year at the end of the first world war a violin sonata, followed by the two works on this Hyperion disc has never gained the popularity of his orchestral works, and in the case of the Piano Quintet, that's hard to explain. The String Quartet, certainly, is not straightforward; its first movement especially is a tangle of stream-of-consciousness cross-references and sly harmonic shifts, whose quality of elusiveness sometimes recalls that of Fauré's only string quartet, completed six years later. But the Piano Quintet, for its spectral moments and apparently covert dramatic scenario, is much more expansive, and as this fine account by Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet demonstrates, it's full of highly expressive, authentically Elgarian tunes. The Goldners' account of the quartet is finely fluent, too, and in both works they resist the temptation to over-egg the climaxes. Between the two, Lane plays a group of Elgar's piano miniatures, the most intriguing of them the tiny Impromptu from 1932, which sounds like the start of a Novelette that Schumann never completed. **** --Guardian,16/06/11

You need not be English to play Elgar;these musicians draw out the sense of mystery and the tourtured soul that underpin the composer's luminous expressivity. ***** EDITOR'S CHOICE --Classic fm Magazine,Sept'11

The Goldner String Quartet judges the Elgar idiom persuasively, finding that blend of sensibility and muscularity, wistful meditation and optimistic motivation. The main works are the E minor String Quartet (1918) and the A minor Piano Quintet, completed the following year: both are played with distinction, and with a secure grasp of the give and take of pulse that is integral to Elgar's music. In between, Piers Lane plays four miniatures, including a 27-second Impromptu --Telegraph,14/07/11

This is one of those rare discs that give pleasure and food for thought in equal measure.The whole experience is a valuable reminder that Elgar doesn't display his originality openly.It's not a matter of being stylistically forward-looking,or even up-to-date:Elgar's originality is at a deeper level-in the way the music thinks and feels.A new top recommendation. Performance ***** Recording ***** DISC OF THE MONTH --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

The Goldner String Quartet judges the Elgar idiom persuasively, finding that blend of sensibility and muscularity, wistful meditation and optimistic motivation. The main works are the E minor String Quartet (1918) and the A minor Piano Quintet, completed the following year: both are played with distinction, and with a secure grasp of the give and take of pulse that is integral to Elgar's music. In between, Piers Lane plays four miniatures, including a 27-second Impromptu --Telegraph,14/07/11

Accolades all round for this generous programme from Lane and the Goldners. --Gramophone,Oct'11

The Goldner String Quartet judges the Elgar idiom persuasively, finding that blend of sensibility and muscularity, wistful meditation and optimistic motivation. The main works are the E minor String Quartet (1918) and the A minor Piano Quintet, completed the following year: both are played with distinction, and with a secure grasp of the give and take of pulse that is integral to Elgar's music. In between, Piers Lane plays four miniatures, including a 27-second Impromptu --Telegraph,14/07/11

Critics Choice 2011 --Gramophone,Dec'11

The Goldner String Quartet judges the Elgar idiom persuasively, finding that blend of sensibility and muscularity, wistful meditation and optimistic motivation. The main works are the E minor String Quartet (1918) and the A minor Piano Quintet, completed the following year: both are played with distinction, and with a secure grasp of the give and take of pulse that is integral to Elgar's music. In between, Piers Lane plays four miniatures, including a 27-second Impromptu --Telegraph,14/07/11

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Piers Lane, piano - Goldner String Quartet

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5.0 out of 5 stars "End of Era" Elgar 19 Dec 2011
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Elgar wrote these chamber works at the end of the Great War and the darkness of those times is woven into these wonderful works, as well as a nostalgic yearning for happier days. Elgar was of course well aware that with Schoenberg and co. music had moved on to a place where he had no desire to go and as such these late chamber works have less chromatic exploration than even his own earlier works for orchestra. We can now see these from a century later perspective and the richness of Elgar's melodic invention is all the more welcome for it.

This recording must now go to the top of the list. I have been, and still am, very fond of the Nash Ensemble version of the Quintet (let down by the coupling of an unremarkable performance of the violin sonata) and also of the Maggini disc which mirrors this coupling of Quartet and Quintet. The Goldner team with Piers Lane is every bit as searching as the Nash, completely inhabiting the dusky fantasy world of the Quintet's opening movement, but with even finer recorded sound than Hyperion gave the Nash. However, the Adagio of the Quintet as played by the Goldners stands out as the noblest version of this movement yet. I challenge anyone who listens to the opening minute of this movement not to immediately press the Amazon purchase button! Just listen to its heartache and yearning for a life that Elgar realised was no longer in his grasp...lost friends and the end of an era, both musically and spiritually.
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