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Frank Bridge and Cyril Scott Piano Quintets

Raphael Terroni (piano) , Bingham String Quartet , Frank Bridge , Cyril Scott , None Audio CD
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  • Performer: Raphael Terroni (piano)
  • Orchestra: Bingham String Quartet
  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Frank Bridge, Cyril Scott
  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: British Music Society
  • ASIN: B00B7GETZ8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Frank Bridge, Piano Quintet H49a - Raphael Terroni/Bingham String Quartet
2. Cyril Scott, Piano Quintet No.1 - Raphael Terroni/Bingham String Quartet

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Raphael - Ray - Terroni, a multi-gifted musician, was many things in a professional life that ended too soon: teacher (privately and at the London College of Music), examiner, festival director, administrator, and crusader for a vast range of music, both the known, for which he never lost his inquisitive enthusiasm, and (particularly) unknown repertoire which he explored discerningly and promoted tirelessly. This recording, following his pioneering account of Scott's Sonata No.3, was entirely down to Ray's vision and efforts. His recorded legacy, which should been larger, includes Lennox Berkeley, Goossens, Scott, Leighton, Holbrooke, Cooke, Milford, Arthur Butterworth and Eric Coates. It's impressive and rewarding. This, displaying so many of his strengths and enthusiasms, was always especially close to his heart though.

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This disc should be of interest to anyone who enjoys exploring early twentieth-century chamber music, and not just music by British composers, since both Bridge and Scott were cosmopolitan figures. With unobtrusively clean sound and detailed notes, this can be warmly recommended. --Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, July 2013

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5.0 out of 5 stars An encounter with a rare instrument combination. 26 Feb 2013
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A remarkable offering from Nimbus: two modern piano quintets belying the fact that a mere handful of compositions for this combination had appeared over the previous century! And both conceived, if not published, within the first decade of the last Century.
They make a very nice contrast although both are definitely modern. The Frank Bridge quintet, after a haunting introduction sustained with a threatening bass line eventually launches into a piano melody which is too good not to be taken up by the strings. The interspersed melodic line "interrupting" the flow of mood music seems to beg to be used to provide atmosphere in some modern films. The second movement with interesting changes of pace, contains a mellow cadenza-like conversation between the viola and piano. The final energetic movement even has a touch of Vienna.
The Cyril Scott quintet is a fascinating contrast where the elaboration of continually flowing music, omitting any pregnant pauses for heightened tension, is totally different in conception; being more music than mood. There are more ensemble changes within the combination of instruments with follow each other almost pell mell. This demands more concentration from the listener than many other pieces but is well worth the effort with its introduction into a new way of musical thinking.
The pianist, Raphael Terroni passed away at a relatively young age but more than adequately reminds us that both these composers were excellent pianists. Needless to say, the members of the Bingham String Quartet are worthy participants in both these works.
Both for the compositions themselves and for the artistry with which they are presented, definitely a five star selection. The accompanying booklet is both informative and helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Bridge & Cyril Scott Piano Quintets 19 Feb 2013
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The British Music Society bring us two rarely heard piano quintets to celebrate the talent of pianist Raphael Terroni who died last year of pancreatic cancer. The booklet gives quite an extensive description of the development of the piano quintet as a genre as well as the background to the pieces and the musical development of the composers. This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc and although the recording is over twenty years old, you would never know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unfamiliar gems 15 Feb 2013
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A very musical friend of mine shocked me the other day by saying he'd never heard of Frank Bridge. I didn't do much better, when I saw this CD among the month's offerings, and realised I didn't know the music of Cyril Scott. I have been delighted to begin to right this wrong with this re-release by the British Music Society of a piano quintet by each of these composers; British, despite their undoubted knowledge and appreciation of composers from the rest of Europe. More, please!

In his notes in the CD booklet, Giles Easterbrook points out that the piano quintet is a comparatively rare beast. These two give me the incentive to find others.

The Bingham String Quartet play the works most beautifully, with Raphael Terroni at the piano. Tragically, he died last August. He will be much missed by fellow-players, pupils and attenders of festivals alike. This CD provides a wonderful epitaph to a much-loved, versatile musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated - but wonderful 12 Feb 2013
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As the years go by, the first half of the 20th century looks more and more like a truly golden era for British music. The 'peaks' we all know about - Vaughan Williams, Britten, Walton, Tippett - but the lesser-known names, who wrote so much terrific music despite their comparative obscurity, are slowly beginning to get the recognition they deserve, at least by those who have ears to hear.
And the two composers represented on this CD are prime examples. Frank Bridge, often merely summed up as "Benjamin Britten's teacher", was so much more than that - a brilliant performing musician, and a composer of great power and individuality. The Piano Quintet originates from 1904 (though the story of the creation of both works on this disc is long, complicated - and frankly a bit boring!)It is a large-scale, big-boned piece; the first movement begins with a short, troubled introduction, which lays out the material of this dramatic and turbulent movement. The second movement is a compression of slow movement and scherzo, the Adagio very beautiful and warmly lyrical, the Scherzo it encloses dazzling and quicksilver. The finale is strenuous and complex, but brings a resolution which, if not comforting, is certainly convincing.
The Scott work is very different. Whereas Bridge, a young compsoer at the time of his quintet, is still working within the post-Brahmsian Austro-German tradition, Scott displays greater French influence. The work could almost - almost! - be by Delius, and there's a lot of Debussy there too. The scoring is interesting; Scott is much more orchestral in his layout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 piano quintets from the early 20th century 2 Mar 2013
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The two works on this disc originally came into being around the same time, simply just a few years into the 20th century and, as piano quintets in the standard form of piano plus string quartet they inhabit a musical world not over endowed with too many examples.

The Frank Bridge piano quintet was revised in 1912 from an original four movement piece of 1904 into the three movement work heard here and falling into the composer's early period. In this revised version it received its first performance in May 1912. Bridge was essentially a string player and would never have expected to play the prominent piano part. Not so Cyril Scott, who was a very accomplished pianist and composer - his quintet evolved during a lengthy period from around 1905 to 1911 though it had to wait till 1920 for its first performance.

The exemplary performances here are by Raphael Terroni and the Bingham String Quartet made in 1990 and re-issued by the British Music Society in memory of Terroni, who died at the end of August 2012. They sparkle and the recording is an excellent example whose quality suggests it might well have been made very recently.
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