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Borodin: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2

Borodin: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2


Borodin:

Piano Quintet in C minor

Piers Lane (piano)

Goldner String Quartet

String Quartet No. 2 in D major

Goldner String Quartet

Goldstein, Mikhail:

Cello Sonata in B minor

Julian Smiles (cello), Piers Lane (piano)


Russia in the nineteenth century had little need for chamber music—no Parisian-style competitive quartetting here. But out of this very isolation came a small, but nonetheless mighty, handful of works: those by Borodin are among the finest. Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet revel in what they find.

“The Piano Quintet (1862), with its very Russian five-bar opening theme, is engaging and skilfully crafted, even if it can’t compare with Brahms’s or Schumann’s, and Piers Lane and the excellent Goldners make the most of it, as they do of the attractively tuneful second quartet.” Sunday Times, 26th February 2017

“[Second Quartet] a work of maturity and one the Goldners interpret with a winning lyrical touch, well projected energy and an instinctive feel for the musical language.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2017

“finely crafted quartet, elegantly played here by the Goldners. Their fellow Australian Piers Lane joins them for the handsome Piano Quintet in C minor from 1862, and features again with the fluent Julian Smiles for the Cello Sonata in B minor, incomplete until 1982 when Mikhail Goldstein made this engaging reconstruction.” The Observer, 19th March 2017 ***

“A generous Borodin chamber triptych comprising two youthful offerings and a bona fide masterpiece…When it comes to the 1881 Second String Quartet, of course, we're in the presence of heaven-sent genius – a wholly mature utterance that never fails to captivate in its indelible melodic fecundity, exquisite craftsmanship and vernal freshness of inspiration. The Goldners do it justice in a reading of considerable discernment, infectious spontaneity and palpable affection” Classical Ear, 20th March 2017 ****

“there is no doubting the splendid music-making or tangible recording. This release is then a timely showcase for a composer who was a professional chemist with experience as a surgeon and who dabbled in science, and who founded the School of Medicine for Women in St Petersburg; he may have been a part-time musician but he bequeathed us some skilled and distinctive creations.” classicalsource.com, April 2017 ****

“The Goldner’s playing opens up appropriately: there’s plenty of warmth in the players’ tone, singly and collectively, and the work’s emotions – notably in the Notturno – are laid bare without being over-egged. There’s also some seriously stylish playing in the faster music, with delightful interplay between all four instruments in the finales.” The Strad, May 2017

“This is a glowing performance of the Quartet No. 2…the quartet’s playing is consistently fine.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ****

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 69 - Hill & Boyle

The Romantic Piano Concerto 69 - Hill & Boyle


Boyle, G F:

Piano Concerto in D minor

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch

Hill, Alfred:

Piano Concerto in A major

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch

Piano Sonata in A major


Piers Lane (piano)

Alfred Hill and George Boyle enjoyed distinguished careers in their native Australia and abroadBoyle's students in New York included Copland and Barberthough both are all-too-little known today. The piano concerto and sonata by Hillthe 'grand old man' of Australian musical life at the timeare effectively the same work, the one an orchestral expansion of the other.

“The centrepiece is Boyle’s Concerto in D minor. Composed in 1911, making it arguably the first significant such work by an Australian, it is unabashedly romantic, with orchestral writing of considerable character that feels both ripe and robust, and a particularly thoughtful piano line…Piers Lane and the Adelaide Symphony play with conviction and make a persuasive case for the Boyle if not for the Hill.” Classical Ear, December 2016 ***

“One cannot imagine a more persuasive, artful advocate of the music of his two compatriots than Piers Lane who, frankly, is worth hearing in whatever he plays” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“A very welcome addition to this series; the Boyle is the stand-out.” MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2016

“an intriguing disc of Australian examples, Piers Lane making a convincing case for his countrymen’s music. Alfred Hill’s 1941 concerto has a breezy, sunny disposition, with hardly a dark cloud in the sky…[Boyle's is] altogether graver than Hill’s [and] has a final movement to rival anything coming out of Europe at the time.” The Observer, 23rd October 2016 ****

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Bruch: Piano Quintet

Bruch: Piano Quintet


Bruch:

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 9

Goldner String Quartet

Swedish Dances, Op. 63

Dene Olding (violin), Piers Lane (piano) &

Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. post

Piers Lane (piano)

Goldner String Quartet


New recordings from the Goldner String Quartet are always a treat. Here, once again, they are joined by Piers Lane for the intriguing Bruch Piano Quintet; also performed are his youthful String Quartet No 1 and a catchy set of Swedish Dances for violin and piano.

“[The Piano Quintet] given a spirited performance here by Piers Lane and the Goldners...And in a joyful burst of melody, first violinist Dene Olding joins Lane for the beguiling Swedish Dances.” The Guardian, 27th March 2016 ***

“[the Goldner] relish the music's C minor sturm und drang with infectious bravado…[and] the quartet's gifted leader Dene Olding joins forces with Piers Lane in a rousing performance of the violin-and-piano Swedish Dances” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 ****

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Scriabin: The Complete Études

Scriabin: The Complete Études


Scriabin:

Étude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor

12 Etudes for piano, Op. 8

8 Etudes, Op. 42

Étude Op. 49 No. 1 in E flat major

Étude Op. 56 No. 4

Three Etudes Op. 65 (1911/1912)


Piers Lane (piano)

Piers Lane brings his admired technical bravura and innate musicality to Scriabin’s Complete Études. To listen to the complete Études as presented on this album is to hear the gradual but total transformation from within of Scriabin’s musical language from the earliest significant compositions to the final period. He began with a richly romantic and strongly emotional style centred on Chopin. After 1900 the texture and rhythmic structure of the music became increasingly intricate and fluid, while his sense of form grew ever more focused and concentrated. This provided the necessary balance to the overwhelmingly expressionistic, often erotic, urge in the musical material.

“Such virtuosity … deserves engineering of a high calibre and here we get it. Quite extraordinary clarity and wide-ranging tonal fidelity in a spacious recording which places the listener at an ideal distance in a warmly welcoming acoustic setting” Gramophone Magazine

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Malcolm Williamson: The Complete Piano Concertos

Malcolm Williamson: The Complete Piano Concertos


Williamson:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in A major

Concerto for Two Pianos and Strings

with Howard Shelley (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F sharp minor

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat

Sinfonia Concertante for three tumpets, piano and strings (1958/61)

with Yoram Levy (trumpet), Mark Bain (trumpet), Martin Phillipson (trumpet)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in D major


A real rarity from Hyperion’s Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment.

Malcolm Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. Within a decade of settling in London he had established a reputation as one of the most gifted and prolific composers of his generation. His stature as a leading figure within the British music scene was publicly acknowledged in 1975 when he was appointed to the esteemed post of Master of the Queen’s Music in succession to Sir Arthur Bliss. But today he is almost forgotten and his music virtually never performed.

This double-album set of the complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Williamson wrote with a generosity of emotion and melodic flair rare in the mid-twentieth century, in a forward-looking idiom.

The third concerto is perhaps the masterpiece, a huge and complex work. The fourth was written in 1993/4 and appears here as its world premiere performance and recording.

Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.

“The late Malcolm Williamson may have had his unruly side, but he was vastly and variously gifted...Lane is the tireless soloist, crisply percussive or touchingly lyrical as required, and Howard Shelley conducts with efficiency and conviction.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 ****

“What is memorable is Lane's playing. Whether dazzling or reflective, he shows a total empathy for Williamson. He is superbly partnered by Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Sound and balance are outstanding, and Hyperion's presentation is both lavish and informative.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Williamson is a fascinating composer who wrote temperamental music without any hint of academia in its bloodstream. This very special and extremely attractive set will further enhance his standing. Superb music and music-making.” MusicWeb International, 13th March 2014

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Arensky & Taneyev: Piano Quintets

Arensky & Taneyev: Piano Quintets


Arensky:

Piano Quintet in D Major, Op. 51

Taneyev, S:

Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30


Two chamber masterpieces from nineteenth-century Russia, performed by Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet.

Taneyev has been known as the ‘Russian Brahms’ and this epithet is particularly apposite when considering his Piano Quintet in G minor, especially as regards both its instrumental writing and its intellectual passion. Composed in 1911, this massive work bids fair for the accolade of the greatest work in the Russian piano-chamber repertoire before Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet of 1940. Only the extravagance of its technical demands can explain its failure to establish itself in the standard repertoire.

Arensky’s Piano Quintet of 1900 is less monumental and less flamboyant, though not exactly short of fireworks, especially in the piano writing. It is a deeply attractive and enjoyable work—and equally little-known on the concert platform.

“[Taneyev's] Piano Quintet is an expansive work, warmly played here and with the subtle intelligence Taneyev demanded of himself when planning a work...If Taneyev's Quintet is the more impressive, Arensky's is perhaps the more attractive...The piano-writing is deft and delicate, excellently handled by Piers Lane and well balanced with the strings in the recording.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2013

“Lane's light-fingered ascents and rapid scalic plunges are perfectly complemented by the Goldners' feather-light string playing.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****/*****

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Piers Lane goes to town

Piers Lane goes to town


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

arr. Dame Myra Hess

Benjamin, A:

Jamaican Rumba

Confrey:

Dizzy Fingers

Delibes:

Naila: Waltz

arr. Ernö Dohnányi

Doheny:

Toccata for Piers Lane

Grainger:

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Hopkins, Antony:

Variations on a well-known theme

Ireland:

Ballerina

Karg-Elert:

Arabesque No. 1 in G flat major 'Filigran', Op. 5

Keane, R:

The Tiger Tango (Movement 3 of Save the Animals Suite)

Lane, A:

Toccata (Movement 4 of Suite)

Mayerl:

Marigold

Moore, Dudley:

Beethoven Parody 'And the same to you'

Parker, K:

Down Longford Way

Poulenc:

Nocturne No. 4 in C minor 'Bal fantôme'

Rachmaninov:

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Saya:

Barcarolles

Sherwin, M:

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

arr. Regis Danillon

Templeton:

Bach goes to Town


Piers Lane (piano)

Piers Lane gambols delightfully through the twentieth century in this album of encores, party pieces and a few pianophile rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally unforgettable Beethoven pastiche.

This album includes first recordings of, among others, John Ireland’s Ballerina and Mark Saya’s Offenbach/Chopin conflation Barcarolles. A number of these pieces are by Australian composers who wrote for Piers himself. His unbounded virtuosity and joy in the music is clearly an inspiration, and is evident throughout the recording.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Lane’s joie de vivre is infectious in the more flamboyant pieces. He loves these pieces, and isn’t coy about telling us that we can, and should, love them too. Flamboyance and poetry are nicely balanced, and Lane attacks the cheesier numbers with such relish that resistance is futile.” The Arts Desk, 12th October 2013

“Although some works are serious, some are dark, and some are very silly, they hang together by dint of the pianist’s personality...Like the disc itself, the notes are amiable, approachable, witty and a pleasure to loaf around with.” MusicWeb International, 1st November 2013

“Lane in wonderful debonair mode here, sparkling through a personal encore selection from Jamaican Rumba to a Toccata by his own father, and from Myra Hess to Dudley Moore.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 *****

“A pot pourri of pianistic palate-cleansers and party pieces...there was just the right balance between the flashy pieces and the slower, more contemplative numbers to keep me entertained all the way through...There’s certainly no shortage of impressive virtuosity, including perhaps the best-known item on the disc, Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba, which is despatched with great aplomb and panache.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 2nd September 2013

Presto Disc of the Week

2nd September 2013

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Elgar: Piano Quintet & String Quartet

Elgar: Piano Quintet & String Quartet


Elgar:

String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83

Goldner String Quartet

Mina

Piers Lane (piano)

Laura Valse

Piers Lane (piano)

Impromptu

Piers Lane (piano)

March in D major

Piers Lane (piano)

Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84

Piers Lane (piano)

Goldner String Quartet


Inspired by the rural beauty of the surroundings at his country retreat in 1917, Edward Elgar embarked on the composition of some of his most inspired and imaginative chamber works.

Both the String Quartet and the Piano Quintet are works of great depth and elegance. Their conservative style disregards the compositional trends of the time and displays an unabashed late-romanticism. Elgar wrote: ‘It is full of golden sounds and I like it. But you must not expect anything violently chromatic or cubist.’

The disc features sumptuous playing from the acclaimed Goldner String Quartet, who are joined by pianist Piers Lane for Elgar’s sublime Piano Quintet, a large-scale work of almost orchestral sonority.

These masterpieces are accompanied by four previously unrecorded works for solo piano, the last of which was written by Elgar at the age of 72. They are intimate, charming rarities, superbly performed by Lane.

“The quintet is given real stature in this very fine recording, with the Goldners and Piers Lane revelling in the expansive themes of the opening moderato and the unashamedly romantic adagio. The Goldners bring the same emotional intensity to the febrile quartet with its shifting tonality and quirky rhythmic scheme, before Lane presents some fascinating miniatures” The Observer, 12th June 2011

“as this fine account by Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet demonstrates, [the Piano Quintet is] 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.” The Guardian, 16th June 2011 ****

“Of his 1918 quartet, [Elgar] wrote: “I know it does not carry us further, but it is full of golden sounds and I like it.” The well-named Goldner Quartet capture those golden sounds — and the piece’s elegiac moods — in an exquisitely nuanced way. The Quintet, more extrovert despite its moving adagio, gets brilliant playing from Lane” Sunday Times, 3rd July 2011 ****

“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...both are played with distinction, and with a secure grasp of the give and take of pulse that is integral to Elgar’s music.” The Telegraph, 14th July 2011 ***

“The Quartet is delicately charming, with an exquisite Elgarian touch that the Goldners capture most sympathetically, without sentimentalising it. They also give an excellent performance with Piers Lane of the better known, much more dramatic Piano Quintet, tracing its mood swings seamlessly and handling the great Adagio with the unaffected restraint it deserves.” Financial Times, 23rd July 2011

“This is one of those rare discs that give pleasure and food for thought in equal measure...when [Elgar's chamber music] is played with the kind of understanding shown by these five musicians it leaves one wondering how anyone could miss the subtle variety, the elegant sophistication under the surface...The whole experience is a valuable reminder that Elgar doesn't display his originality openly.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 *****

“In the Elgar Piano Quintet, they make the most of the work's Brahmsian qualities balancing solidity with élan, tenderness with tension, delicacy with ferocity. The String Quartet is likewise treated with sensitivity, subtlety and great understanding of its tremulous, troubled nature. Lane gives an affectionate account of the little piano pieces.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 *****

“No beating about the bush: the Goldners give the most sublimely articulate and raptly communicative reading of Elgar's elusive String Quartet that it's been my privilege to encounter. It's not just their fabulous technical address and scrupulous adherence to the text that are so impressive...but the recreative ardour, tumbling fantasy and sinewy strength they bring to this marvellous score make it seem as though the ink is barely dry on the manuscript” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“A wonderfully warm recording of the String Quartet by the Goldner Quartet. They are joined by pianist Piers Lane for a sensitive performance of the under-rated Piano Quintet.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, May 2014

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2011

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - September 2011

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Bach - Piano Transcriptions Volume 8

Bach - Piano Transcriptions Volume 8

arr. Eugen d' Albert (1864-1932)


Bach, J S:

Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582

Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, BWV537

Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV541

Toccata & Fugue in F major, BWV540

Prelude & Fugue in A major, BWV536

Prelude & Fugue in F minor, BWV534

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV538 'Dorian'

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532


Piers Lane (piano)

Hyperion’s Bach Piano Transcriptions series reaches volume 8, and continues to surprise and delight with a disc containing many first recordings. The controversial figure of Eugen d’Albert was one of the greatest pianists of his day and, although largely forgotten now, a composer of genuinely international renown. A sometime student at the Royal College of Music, d’Albert rejected his British upbringing and nailed his colours to the mast of German music. Bach was an important part of his performing career—and like other great nineteeth-century pianists, d’Albert saw in the monumental scale of the organ works an opportunity to synthesize the works of the Master with the expanded capabilities of the modern piano.

“They are quite remarkable, in that most of them don't sound like transcriptions at all but suggest original Bach keyboard music played on a modern piano...But d'Albert's versions...are extraordinary and exquisite, and Lane plays them with a ravishing finesse that belies their often monumental difficulty.” The Guardian, 8th April 2010 ****

“Lane takes [no] prisoners in these sonorous and exhilarating performances, conjuring up from the Steinway's richly resonant bass a cathedral's 32 foot pedal division to thrilling effect...I guarantee you will come away awed anew by the genius of Bach and amazed by the ingenuity of d'Albert.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“...what makes Lane's performance so special is the sheer panache, even chutzpah, that he brings to every twist and turn while managing to keep the contrapuntal threads transparent within the fabric. And his tone is one of exceptional beauty and fullness...Intelligent musicianship replete with élan, excellently recorded” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

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Dvorak - Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2

Dvorak - Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2


Dvorak:

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 5

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81


The performing team of Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet has won many plaudits for their enlightening interpretations of the obscurer piano quintet repertoire. Now they turn to a composer who triumphed in the genre.

Dvorák’s two piano quintets were written at different stages of the composer’s career: the first during a period of poverty and uncertainty, the second when the composer was approaching the zenith of his international fame.

The two quintets make a fascinating pairing here. Dvorák originally tore up his manuscript of the first; luckily the pianist at the premiere kept a copy. It is clearly a youthful work, showing something of the discursiveness of the early string quartets, a point noted by a critic at the premiere, but there is no doubting the confidence with which Dvorák handles the combination of piano and strings (doubly impressive since he did not possess a piano at this time), which in many places anticipates the instrumentation in the famous second piano quintet.

Dvorák’s second Piano Quintet was an immediate popular success at its first performance and has remained one of the best-loved examples of the genre. The premiere was given by four of the finest Czech string players of the day and the promising conductor and composer Karel Kovarovic at the piano. The celebrated ‘Dumka’ movement, the lyrical heart of the work, demonstrates the extraordinary command of melody that characterizes the composer’s symphonies.

Performances of technical polish and expressive power, sensitively recorded, combine to make this a chamber disc to treasure.

“This is music to cheer the heart and put a spring in your step...The Goldner Quartet from Australia has teamed up with British pianist Piers Lane in fine, characterful performances” The Telegraph, 5th March 2010

“The blend of voices - within the string quartet and between the strings and piano - is ideal, the Suffolk Potton Hall acoustic free enough to allow the instruments breathing space...Sound-wise, the Goldner Quartet achieve a warm and radiant pooled tone” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

“The performers offer an immensely satistfying and unmannered performance.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ****

“The early quintet...[is] performed here with splendid conviction by Piers Lane and his fellow Australians the Goldner Quartet...In the later quintet, with all its craft, there seems no effort, so spontaneously, so seamlessly does it move. The composer has found his voice, and the result is enchantment.” Sunday Times, 16th May 2010 ***

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