Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ernest Bloch - Piano Quintets (Piers Lane; Goldner String Quartet)


Composer: Ernest Bloch
  1. Piano Quintet No. 1: 1. Agitato
  2. Piano Quintet No. 1: 2. Andante mistico
  3. Piano Quintet No. 1: 3. Allegro energico
  4. Night
  5. Paysages: 1. North. Molto moderato
  6. Paysages: 2. Alpestre. Allegretto
  7. Paysages: 3. Tongataboo. Allegro
  8. Two Pieces for String Quartet: 1. Andante moderato
  9. Two Pieces for String Quartet: 2. Allegro molto
  10. Piano Quintet No. 2: 1. Animato
  11. Piano Quintet No. 2: 2. Andante
  12. Piano Quintet No. 2: 3. Allegro

Piers Lane, piano (1-3, 10-12)
Goldner String Quartet
Dene Olding, violin
Dimity Hall, violin
Irina Morozova, viola
Julian Smiles, cello

Date: 2007
Label: Hyperion



Without any doubt, this CD, which is dedicated to Bloch's chamber music, is one of the most compelling which I've listened to in recent years. Although one has to say that the Quintets are pretty well served on record, these interpretations by Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet are pretty well nigh definitive.

The First Quintet dates from the early 1920's and shades of Bartók, Fauré and Chausson are quite evident. It's profound emotional atmosphere is rather difficult to bring off but it goes without saying that Lane and the Goldner are perfect advocates of the music.

The 1957 Quinter is even more of a find and in this great work, one can relish the several original interpretative touches which give the music added immediacy, vibrancy and brilliancy. Although there are overtones from the first work, the emotional language is altogether on another level, Bloch was already suffering from cancer when he wrote it.

So there you have it, a marvelous disc, a true testament to the great Bloch at his very finest in what can only be termed as the chamber issue of the year.

-- Gerald Fenech © 2008, Classical Net

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Ernest Bloch (July 24, 1880 – July 15, 1959) was a Swiss-born American composer.  Bloch's musical style does not fit easily into any of the usual categories; he studied variously with Jaques-Dalcroze, Iwan Knorr and Ludwig Thuille, as well as corresponding with Mahler and meeting Debussy. Many of his works - as can be seen from their Hebrew-inspired titles - also draw heavily on his Jewish heritage. He held several teaching appointments in the U.S., with George Antheil, Frederick Jacobi, Quincy Porter, Bernard Rogers, and Roger Sessions among his pupils.


Piers Lane (born 8 January 1958) is an Australian classical pianist. He graduated with a Medal of Excellence from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where his teacher was Nancy Weir. His performance career has taken him to more than 40 countries. His concerto repertoire exceeds 75 works. Lane has an extensive discography on the Hyperion label and has also recorded for EMI, Decca, BMG, Lyrita and Unicorn-Kanchana. Lane is a well-known voice on BBC Radio 3, having written and presented more than 100 programs, including a 54-part series called The Piano.


Goldner String Quartet is an Australian string quartet formed in 1995 in honour of Richard Goldner, the founder of Musica Viva Australia. The Quartet consists of Dene Olding and Dimity Hall (violins), Irina Morozova (viola; an ex-pupil of Goldner) and Julian Smiles (cello). Olding and Morozova are married, as are Hall and Smiles. The Goldners have played throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well in the UK, USA, Korea, Finland, France and Italy. In 1997 the Goldner String Quartet made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in London, and have since appeared there regularly.


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