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Bridge, Bax, Wilson & Walton Piano Quartets



Chamber music has played a significant part in the output of all four composers featured on this disc. The piano quartets by Bridge, Bax and Walton are sufficiently heterogeneous to illustrate the multiplicity of approaches the genre can accommodate as well as highlighting the stylistic diversity of British chamber music dating from what may be regarded as its Golden Age - the first decades of the twentieth century.

Bridge, Bax, Wilson & Walton Piano Quartets


“This is the debut CD of the Cappa Ensemble, winners of Music Network’s Young Musicwide Award in 2009. The Cappa allow… light into Bridge’s Phantasy for piano quartet and Walton’s youthful Piano Quartet. It’s as if fat has been burned off to show more muscular musical outlines. And there’s no underselling of the exuberance of the Walton, with its insistently chunky rhythms in the finale. The performances of Bax’s Piano Quartet and Ian Wilson’s Noct , an atmospheric night piece that’s anything but calming (especially in its use of microtones), is equally fine. This is hardly surprising in the case of the Wilson – it was specially written for these players.” The Irish Times

“… there are good reasons for having the Bridge, Bax and Walton together… and there’s the additional attraction of discovering a talented young group of performers. With very good recording throughout and informative notes, this is a fine addition to the roster of Nimbus Alliance recordings.  Brian Wilson,