Elgar: String Quartet; Piano Quintet; In Moonlight (Canto populare)

COMPOSERS: Elgar
LABELS: EMI Eminence
WORKS: String Quartet; Piano Quintet; In Moonlight (Canto populare)
PERFORMER: Piers Lane (piano), Vellinger Quartet
CATALOGUE NO: CDEMX 2229 DDD
The smoky mists and autumnal colours of Elgar’s woodlands are beautifully evoked in these excellent readings, played with freshness and vitality by these young musicians. The String Quartet is searching, with telling inflection and light and shade – the Allegro, fast and restless, shows remarkable dexterity and virtuosity. Conversely, the Adagio of the Piano Quintet unfolds slowly but gloriously. Ian Lace

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