[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 20 April 2014
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The admired Goldner String Quartet presents two utterly charming-yet little-known-examples 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'.
"The Goldner weigh every chord to perfection, and make the textures utterly transparent, while their partnership with Lane in the quintet is exemplary." (Guardian)
"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." (Daily Telegraph)
"it would be hard to imagine a more persuasive or compelling performance [of the Pierné] than this one...What is striking is how attuned to the medium [Vierne] is, and the work is full of wonderfully effective writing...this is a fascinating and eminently worthwhile addition to the catalogue." Gramophone