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Elgar: String Quartet in E Minor & Piano Quintet in A Minor

Brodsky Quartet, Martin Roscoe

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String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 83  
1
I. Allegro moderato
Edward Elgar; Brodsky Quartet
9:17
2
II. Piacevole. Poco andante
Edward Elgar; Brodsky Quartet
10:48
3
III. Finale. Allegro molto
Edward Elgar; Brodsky Quartet
9:04
Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84  
4
I. Moderato - Allegro
Edward Elgar; Martin Roscoe; Brodsky Quartet
13:46
5
II. Adagio
Edward Elgar; Martin Roscoe; Brodsky Quartet
13:01
6
III. Andante - Allegro
Edward Elgar; Martin Roscoe; Brodsky Quartet
10:40
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Total Playing Time    66:36
The three great chamber works, the String Quartet, Piano Quintet, and Violin Sonata, were among the very last works that Elgar wrote, composed during an intensive and productive period in 1918 and 1919 whilst living at Brinkwells in Sussex, and under the twin shadows of the horrors of the Great War and the terminal illness of his wife, Alice.

The String Quartet was dedicated to the original Brodsky Quartet (the name subsequently taken by the current group when they arrived as students at the Royal Northern College of Music) and was championed by this new Brodsky Quartet from the off, sitting alongside Delius’s Quartet on their debut recording (1984). It has remained a cornerstone of their repertoire ever since.

The Brodsky Quartet took the opportunity of the centenary year of both works to perform the String Quartet alongside the Piano Quintet with their frequent co-performer Martin Roscoe, and this recording is a result of that commemoration.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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