Frank Bridge: Chamber Music

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Frank Bridge: Chamber Music



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29th Oct 2007




1 hour 44 minutes


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Frank Bridge: Chamber Music


String Quartet No. 3

String Quartet No. 4

Piano Trio No. 2

Phantasy in F sharp minor for piano quartet

Miniatures for Piano Trio (Set 3)

(c. 1907 pub. 1915)

Brian Hawkins (viola)

Allegri Quartet & Tunnell Trio

CD - 2 discs


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"Frank Bridge is known almost entirely by his early works such as the Piano Quartet Phantasy. To those who know only this period of his work, the later pieces must seem like those of another composer. The earlier works are tonal, and harmonically direct, the melodies clear and strong, the rhythm if not square, then rather regular. The later works have no clear keys, the melodies have a curious conversation-like character the rhythms are usually irregular, and definite rhythmic patters are rare. But to those familiar with all his works the connection between the two periods is clear — the seed of the later work is in the earlier — stemming from a desire to say more personal and subtler things. They can be difficult at first to follow, apart of course from the invariable fascination of the sound, the conversational melodies can be difficult to recognise, but the drama and tensions (are) easy to feel." Benjamin Britten, 1955

Frank Bridge: String Quartet No. 3

I. Andante moderato - Allegro moderato

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro energico

Frank Bridge: String Quartet No. 4

I. Allegro energico - Largamente

II. Quasi minuetto

III. Adagio ma non troppo, Allegro con brio

Frank Bridge: Piano Trio No. 2

I. Allegro ben moderato

II. Molto allegro

III. Andante molto moderato

IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Frank Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet

Phantasy Piano Quartet

Frank Bridge: Miniatures for Piano Trio (Set 3)

I. Valse Russe

II. Hornpipe

III. March Militaire

BBC Music Magazine

March 2008


“Frank Bridge's exploratory late chamber works can sound reticent, elusive in performance. Not here: fire, drama and intense fantasy abound, but there's no lack of refined control or shaping intelligence. Excellent recordings, Strongly recommended.”

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