Meridian Records are delighted to announce the release of an exciting new disc featuring the Primrose Piano Quartet, one of the UK's leading chamber ensembles.
Central to the disc is their passionate rendition of the Elgar Piano Quintet with guest second violin, Daniel Roberts. Two world premiere recordings are featured; the Piano Quartet by celebrated composer Anthony Payne (who completed Elgar's Third Symphony), written for the Primrose Piano Quartet in 2015, and the Ballade for Clarinet and Piano by Joseph Holbrooke, performed by guest Ronald Woodley. The final work on the disc is the colourful Rhapsody Quintet by York Bowen for the unusual combination of bass clarinet and string quartet.
"An indispensable and contrasting addition to the British music discography."
Phantasy Quintet for Bass Clarinet and Strings, Op.93
Ballade for Bass Clarinet and Piano
The internationally renowned Primrose Piano Quartet was formed in 2004 by four of the UK's leading chamber musicians (members of the Lindsay, Maggini and Allegri quartets), and is named after the great Scottish violist, William Primrose. Their acclaimed discography includes favourites such as Brahms's G minor (recommended on Radio 3) and British repertoire featuring major commissions from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Anthony Payne (premièred at the Cheltenham Festival, King’s Place London and Sound Festival). The Quartet enjoy a busy performing schedule throughout the UK and abroad with recent tours taking them to Denmark, Germany and Bulgaria in addition to regular appearances at London's Kings Place, Wigmore and Conway Halls. Their own festival in West Meon, Hampshire is now in its sixth year, and they have been appointed ensemble-in-residence for the Battle Festival.
William M. Y. Hurlstone
Thomas F. Dunhill
Variations on a Burns Air
Music by Schubert
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