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British Piano Quartets - Bridge, Walton, Jacob, Et Al / Ames Piano Quartet


Release Date: 03/13/2007 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 910   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frank BridgeHerbert HowellsGordon JacobCharles Villiers Stanford,   ... 
Performer:  George WorkJonathan SturmWilliam DavidMahlon Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This very well played and recorded two disc set is self-recommending to chamber music aficionados." - American Record Guide

During one of his recital tours to Edinburgh during the 1860s and 1870s, Anton Rubinstein bluntly told Alexander Mackenzie "Sie haben keine Komponisten" (You [Britain] have no composers). From his account in his engaging memoir A Musician's Narrative (1927), Mackenzie apparently let the comment pass unanswered. After all, the Russian virtuoso was simply voicing a view widely heard in continental Europe - and even in Britain as well. Many years later, as he surveyed a career that had spanned six decades, Mackenzie noted with "many gleams of satisfaction" the number of
Read more important musicians and composers of high merit who had come along. In company with his slightly younger contemporaries, Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford and Edward Elgar, Mackenzie was himself part of the generation of musicians born in the mid-19th century who first demonstrated that Britain did have composers - and fine ones. Their successors - among them Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Herbert Howells and William Walton - completed the transformation of European opinion. Along with presenting a compilation of signal British contributions to the piano quartet repertoire, this set offers a sample of the music of some of the very composers who helped deliver British music from its lowly state as a source of jests to a place of international recognition and esteem.
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Piano and Strings in F sharp minor, H 94 "Phantasie" by Frank Bridge
Performer:  George Work (Cello), Jonathan Sturm (Viola), William David (Piano),
Mahlon Darlington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; England 
Length: 12 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2. Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 21 by Herbert Howells
Performer:  George Work (Cello), Jonathan Sturm (Viola), William David (Piano),
Mahlon Darlington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 
Length: 27 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3. Quartet for Piano and Strings by Gordon Jacob
Performer:  George Work (Cello), William David (Piano), Mahlon Darlington (Violin),
Jonathan Sturm (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
Length: 17 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 15 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  William David (Piano), George Work (Cello), Jonathan Sturm (Viola),
Mahlon Darlington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Length: 29 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5. Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 11 by Alexander Mackenzie
Performer:  Mahlon Darlington (Violin), Jonathan Sturm (Viola), William David (Piano),
George Work (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1873 
Length: 33 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6. Quartet for Piano and Strings by Sir William Walton
Performer:  William David (Piano), Jonathan Sturm (Viola), George Work (Cello),
Mahlon Darlington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 28 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: England (1919 - 1921). 

Sound Samples

Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 11: I. Allegro, ma moderato e tranquillo
Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 11: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 11: III. Canzonetta con variazioni
Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 11: IV. Finale: Allegro molto e con brio
Phantasie Piano Quartet in F sharp minor
Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21: I. Allegro moderato, tranquillo
Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21: II. Lento, molto tranquillo
Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro molto, energico
Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 15: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 15: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 15: III. Poco adagio
Piano Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 15: IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
Piano Quartet: I. Andante maestoso
Piano Quartet: II. Scherzo
Piano Quartet: III. Variations and Epilogue
Piano Quartet: I. Allegramente
Piano Quartet: II. Allegro scherzando
Piano Quartet: III. Andante tranquillo
Piano Quartet: IV. Allegro molto

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