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Pierne: Piano Quintet / Vierne: String Quartet

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Gabriel Pierne, Louis Vierne
  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B002V75RHQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,956 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. GABRIEL PIERNÉ | Piano Quintet in E minor Op 41 | Moderato molto tranquillo [13'10] - Piers Lane/Goldner String Quartet
  2. GABRIEL PIERNÉ | Piano Quintet in E minor Op 41 | Sur un rythme de Zortzico [12'05] - Piers Lane/Goldner String Quartet
  3. GABRIEL PIERNÉ | Piano Quintet in E minor Op 41 | Lent Allegro vivo ed agitato [14'58] - Piers Lane/Goldner String Quartet
  4. LOUIS VIERNE | String Quartet in D minor Op 12 | Introduction | Lento Allegro agitato [6'19] - Goldner String Quartet
  5. LOUIS VIERNE | String Quartet in D minor Op 12 | Intermezzo | Leggiero non troppo vivo [2'49] - Goldner String Quartet
  6. LOUIS VIERNE | String Quartet in D minor Op 12 | Andante quasi adagio [7'01] - Goldner String Quartet
  7. LOUIS VIERNE | String Quartet in D minor Op 12 | Allegro vivace [7'00] - Goldner String Quartet

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The admired Goldner String Quartet presents two utterly charmingyet little-knownexamples of French chamber music by contemporaneous composers Pierné and Vierne. Pierné's fame came from his conducting, and his compositions are forgotten today. His Piano Quintet shows the influences of Massenet and Franck which characterize his music, and features the Basque dance 'zortzico'. Vierne was a celebrated organist, and his compositions for organ are heard every Sunday wherever there are suitable instruments and performers. His String Quartet shows a lighter side: it contains the Intermezzo, described by Roger Nichols as 'quite simply one of the most delicious movements in all French chamber music. Over it hovers the spirit of Berlioz's 'Queen Mab Scherzo' and of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, conjured up by pizzicatos, tremolos and dancing phrases that suddenly turn on a centime piece from one key to another'.


While the Takács work their way through the core chamber repertoire for Hyperion, the Goldner, the other great quartet on the label's books, explores its fringes, often in partnership with pianist Piers Lane. Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937) and Louis Vierne (1870-1937) may be familiar names from 20th-century music, but with the exception of Vierne's organ pieces, their works are little known now. Both were pupils of César Franck whose music left a permanent imprint on their work leavened by other influences in Pierné's Piano Quintet from 1916. It's a substantial work, and a bit long-winded, but it's scored with subtlety. Vierne's D minor String Quartet is just over half as long; it's equally civilised, with elements of late Beethoven, but it's unmemorable. The quality of the playing does make the disc worthwhile, though. The Goldner weigh every chord to perfection, and make the textures utterly transparent, while their partnership with Lane in the quintet is exemplary. **** --Guardian,3/4/14

French chamber music has long been a rich seam that record labels like to mine, and in recent years the familiar names of Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and César Franck have found themselves rubbing shoulders with composers who have not achieved anything like such a prominent presence in the musical life of today. Louis Vierne (1870-1937) is by no means obscure, but his contemporary Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937) is one of those composers who continues to occupy specialist territory. His substantial Piano Quintet, written in 1916 and first performed in 1919, presents a fascinating synthesis of ripe late 19th-century romantic sensibility and the new ideas of texture and harmony emerging in the early years of the 20th century. It was Fauré who sparked the renaissance of French chamber music with his A major Violin Sonata of 1876, and the composers who sat at the feet of César Franck made significant contributions to the repertoire. Vierne and Pierné were both Franck pupils, and the pairing of the two on this fine disc by the Goldner String Quartet and pianist Piers Lane testifies both to his inspirational tutorial rigour and his nurturing of creative individuality in his charges. Long but securely structured, the Pierné Quintet starts in a highly original, atmospherically veiled way, which, after some dramatic peaks in the first movement, is carried over into the delicacy and rhythmic intrigue with which Pierné treats the Basque zortzico dance in the middle one. In the Vierne Quartet of 1894, the Goldners pitch their playing perceptively, pointing to the influences of Franck and Mendelssohn. There is discipline in this music, but also a warmth of spirit that finds an outlet in the third movement, and which the Goldners interpret with stylish sensitivity a characteristic, indeed, of the whole disc. **** --Telegraph, 4/4/14

Anyone who has experienced the raw emotions of (Vierne's) Piano Quintet knows there is much more to him than the invaluable contribution of his Sunday job at Notre Dame. His youthful String Quartet is more easy-going but as this stylish account by the Goldner Quartet makes clear, it has a striking concision of expression, and the flitting of the intermezzo is magical. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, May'14

This is a fascinating and eminently worthwhile addition to the catalogue. --Gramophone, May'14

These are very well-thought-out performances. The recording is fine too. --IRR, May'14

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