Bax/ Bridge: Piano Quintets (Ashley Wass/ The Tippett Quartet) (Naxos: 8.572474)
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Recognised as rising stars of their generation, pianist Ashley Wass and the Tippett Quartet join forces to present two contrasting yet equally engaging British piano quintets. Conceived on a grand, expansive scale and influenced by Celtic music, with all manner of harmonic and instrumental colours exploited to super effect, Arnold Bax's Quintet is arguably a precursor of his later symphonies. Frank Bridge's early work (1904-5, revised 1912) combines his admiration for the music of Faure with the highly integrated 'fantasy' techniques he honed when composing music for the famous Cobbett Prize.
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