℗ 2001 Chandos

Elgar: String Quartet - Piano Quintet

Ian Brown, Sorrel String Quartet

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String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 83  
I. Allegro moderato
Sir Edward Elgar; Sorrel String Quartet
II. Piacevole (poco andante)
Sir Edward Elgar; Sorrel String Quartet
III. Allegro molto
Sir Edward Elgar; Sorrel String Quartet
Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84  
I. Moderato - Allegro
Sir Edward Elgar; Ian Brown; Sorrel String Quartet
II. Adagio
Sir Edward Elgar; Ian Brown; Sorrel String Quartet
III. Andante - Allegro
Sir Edward Elgar; Ian Brown; Sorrel String Quartet
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    64:29
"... the revelatory release is a strong contender for my next want list ... I commend it to anyone with a taste for Romantic chamber music slightly off the beaten track." - Fanfare Depressed by the war and plagued by illness, Elgar longed in 1917 to leave London for the countryside, where he always felt happiest and most able to work. Lady Elgar found an isolated cottage in the heart of Sussex, surrounded by woods, which they rented for the summer. Immediately, Elgar began to compose chamber music, a form in which he had published nothing for 30 years. First he began to write a string quartet, then a violin sonata. On the day he completed the sonata he began a piano quintet, which he interrupted after a few weeks to complete a string quartet he had begun seven months earlier. Elgar eventually resumed work on the Piano Quintet, finishing it in London. On this 2001 release the Sorrel Quartet interprets Elgar's String Quartet and are joined by versatile pianist and conductor Ian Brown for the Piano Quintet. The Sorrel Quartet is recognized as one of Britain's finest young ensembles.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Snape Maltings Concert Hall; 20–22 November 2000 Recording producer: Ralph Couzens Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens Assistant engineer: Christopher Brooke Editor: Rachel Smith Front cover: Photograph © Photonica Back cover: Photograph of the Sorrel Quartet by Richard H. Smith Design Sean Coleman Booklet typeset: Dave Partridge Booklet editor: Genevieve Helsby

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