Frank Bridge - String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 • Piano Trio No. 2 • Phantasy Piano Quartet • Miniatures for Piano Trio

Allegri Quartet
Hugh Maguire, violin, David Roth, violin
Patrick Ireland, viola, Bruno Schrecker, cello
Tunnell Trio
John Tunnell, violin, Charles Tunnell, cello, Susan Tunnell, piano
with Brian Hawkins, viola

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2007 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.302
UPC/EAN: 5020926030221
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 2
Total playing time: 1 hours 44 mins
Price: 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

CD 1: Recorded at Kingsway Hall, December 1971, Producer: James Burnett, Engineers: James Lock, Philip Wade
CD 2, Tracks 1 - 4: Recorded at Christchurch, Chelsea, May 1975, Producer: James Burnett, Engineers: Stanley Goodall, Malcolm Hogg
CD 2, Tracks 5 - 8: Recorded at Christchurch, Chelsea, May 1975 & December 1976, Producers: James Burnett, C Hazell, Engineers: Stanley Goodall, Malcolm Hogg


"Frank Bridge is known almost entirely by his early works such as the Piano Quartet Phantasy. To those who know only this period of his work, the later pieces must seem like those of another composer. The earlier works are tonal, and harmonically direct, the melodies clear and strong, the rhythm if not square, then rather regular. The later works have no clear keys, the melodies have a curious conversation-like character the rhythms are usually irregular, and definite rhythmic patters are rare. But to those familiar with all his works the connection between the two periods is clear the seed of the later work is in the earlier stemming from a desire to say more personal and subtler things. They can be difficult at first to follow, apart of course from the invariable fascination of the sound, the conversational melodies can be difficult to recognise, but the drama and tensions (are) easy to feel." Benjamin Britten, 1955


Disc 1
String Quartet No. 3 (1927) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 29.58
1 I Andante moderato Allegro moderato 11.48
2 II Andante con moto 7.33
3 III Allegro energico 10.37
String Quartet No. 4 (1937) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 22.27
4 I Allegro energico Largamente 11.08
5 II Quasi minuetto 4.19
6 III Adagio ma non troppo Allegro con brio 7.00
Disc 2
Piano Trio No. 2 (1929) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 30.36
1 I Allegro ben moderato 10.15
2 - II Molto allegro 5.14
3 III Andante molto moderato 6.16
4 IV 8.51
5 Phantasy Piano Quartet (1910) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 12.45
Miniatures for Piano Trio (Set 3) (c. 1907 pub. 1915) Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) 8.42
6 1 Valse Russe 3.06
7 2 Hornpipe 2.44
8 3 March Militaire 2.52