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Dvořák Piano Quartets disc - reviews

BBC Music Magazine, The Guardian, Gramophone

A selection of reviews of our latest Dvořák Piano Quartets disc

Dvorak Explored at Kings Place

Paul Driver, Dec 2014, Sunday Times

Paul driver on a heart-warming Dvorak festival.

Faure Songs and Chamber Music, SON 11203

Harriet Smith, Jan 2013, Gramophone

"The London Bridge Ensemble aren't afraid to tell it like it is... playing that is as compelling as it is rapt..."

Elgar Explored at Kings Place

Edward Bhesania, Feb 2013, The Strad

"The rapture caused the heart to race while the intensity of expression set the lip a-quiver..."

Faure Songs and Chamber Music, SON 11203

David Denton, Dec 2012, The Strad

"Kate Gould’s radiant cello sings with lyrical fervour in the outer movements... and in both works the technical aspects of the playing are immaculate..."

Schumann Songs and Chamber Music, Sonimage SON 110001

Paul Driver, Sunday Times 2011

"This is a disc of a concert and very satisfying it is. The young ensemble, whose name alludes not only to their base, but to their desire to bridge the gap between chamber music and song, and to their admired composer Frank Bridge, perform superbly…."

Frank Bridge Piano Quintet etc, Dutton Epoch CDLX7254

Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone 2010

"In all four pieces, Daniel Tong tenders immaculate support. The ensemble’s pianist also makes a classy showing in the Thee Sketches (1906), his generous rubato in “rosemary” both apposite and disarming…"

Frank Bridge Piano Quintet etc, Dutton Epoch CDLX7254

American Record Guide 2010

"These are lovely performances of music that Bridge wrote between the glorious British years of 1904 ad 1912, music filled with succulent harmony, transparency, lyricism, light and shadow"

Frank Bridge Piano Quintet etc, Dutton Epoch CDLX 7254

International Record Review 2010

"A fine performance … another recommendable release from this fine ensemble."

Wigmore Hall

Music and Vision 2007

"Their performance shone from beginning to end, producing endlessly beautiful sounds that defied the acoustics by ringing on in the air beyond the end of the pieces."

Frank Bridge Songs and Chamber Music, Dutton Epoch CDLX7205

The Strad 2008

"The performances from the London Bridge Ensemble wholly capture the engagingly fresh and lyrical content of both scores, and the playing is replete with a passion that yields rich rewards…"

Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival

Musical Opinion 2006

"This was indeed the music of friends."

Frank Bridge Songs and Chamber Music, Dutton Epoch CDLX7205

Gramophone 2008

"‘There’s plenty to enjoy in this attractive survey of early Frank Bridge, which is bookended by mightily impressive accounts of two of the three fastidiously integrated works that the composer entered for W W Cobbett’s prestigious annual chamber music competition."

Frank Bridge Songs and Chamber Music, Dutton Epoch CDLX7205

International Record Review 2008

"The quality of playing and recording here, not to mention Giles Easterbrook’s informative booklet note, is such that this disc deserves an enthusiastic recommendation."

Wigmore Hall

The Strad 2005

"They demonstrated throughout the evening an extraordinary ability to weave and sustain extended melodic lines"

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