Magazine article Gramophone

Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet

Magazine article Gramophone

Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet

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Bridge

Phantasy Piano Quartet. Cello Sonata. An Irish Melody: The Londonderry Air. Cherry Ripe. Sally in Our Alley. Sir Roger de Coverley. Violin Sonata

Nash Ensemble

Hyperion [F] CDA68003 (80' * DDD)

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Nash Ensemble chart Bridge's journey from elegy to anger

Frank Bridge frequently gets introduced as Britten's teacher. This has gone on for too long: Bridge was an important British composer in his own right, as these recordings, and many more, now demonstrate (see my feature on Gramophone's website: gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/frankbridge---the-unsung-british-modernist). Bridge began within the inherited Romantic tradition well before the First World War but then, under the impact of the war, which he detested, his style toughened and became more dissonant, disconcerting people in the 1920s. The Phantasy Piano Quartet is a mellifluous example of the pre-war style; the Cello Sonata, Bridge's most popular chamber work, came during the war; and by 1932, in the Violin Sonata, the later style was fully established. …

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