Bartók & Korngold: Piano Quintets

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Bartók & Korngold: Piano Quintets
Piers Lane (piano), Goldner String Quartet

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 31 January 2020

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Youthful piano quintets from Korngold the arch-Romantic and Bartók in his pre-modernist vein make a fascinating comparison. This album offers a snapshot of early twentieth-century Austro-Hungarian chamber music as represented by two of its most individual voices.

"Throughout both quintets, Lane's piano has kept pace with any number of quirky metrics and subtle keyboard effect,s all captured in piercing sonics by Record Producer Jeremy Hayes"

"Lane and the Goldner Quartet offer fabulously 'golden age'-style performances, in keeping with the aesthetics of both works…The prove ideal guides, captivating the ear with their sense of rhythm and awareness of lurking shadows in the Bartók, wholehearted joy in the Korngold opening and that slow movement's sensual gorgeousness" BBC Music

"The Goldner String Quartet and Piers Lane seem ideal advocates of both pieces: Romantic and unbuttoned in the Bartók, subtle, rapt, and dreamy in the Korngold. The Potton Hall acoustics show off both works to wonderful advantage, and the notes-as alluded to earlier-are superb" Fanfare

"Come the opening of Korngold's Quintet, where you could as well be sampling a chamber reduction of lavish music for the movies The Sea Hawk or Elizabeth and Essex, and the Lane/ Goldner Quartet combination comes into its own...Performance-wise the Goldners indulge some well-aimed expressive portamentos but what is most important is that their performance, Lane's too, really does get the message across" Gramophone

"Relishing this approachable late/post Austro-Hungarian repertory, Piers Lane gives keenly integrated readings, variously dramatic and grand (Bartók), effusive, tender and puckish (Korngold). The Australian Goldner String Quartet lend pedigree, richly toned support, excelling in the more rarefied exposed passages." International Piano

"These delightful scores could have no more persuasive advocates. The Goldner String Quartet and Piers Lane play with unrestrained emotion, bounding enthusiasm and great gusto and panache. I'm particularly impressed by their effortless negotiating of the rhythmic twists and turns that both composers employ, in an imaginative and resourceful way." MusicWeb


Piano Quintet in C major Sz23
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

Piano Quintet in E major Op 15
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)

Ralph Vaughan Williams - A London Symphony & other works