Bridge: Piano Quintet; Scott: Piano Quintet no 1

Raphael Terroni (piano), Bingham String QuartetBritish Music Society BMS442CD

Bridge and Scotdt Piano Quintets
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Artist: Frank Bridge, Cyril Scott, Raphael Terroni, Bingham String Quartet
Genre: Classical
Label: British Music Society

These recordings, made in 1989 and originally available only on cassette, appear on CD for the first time as a memorial to the pianist Raphael Terroni (1945-2012), a pillar of support for the outer reaches of British music. The fact that this disc is a mixed bag has nothing to do with the quality of the playing. The issue is with Cyril Scott's Piano Quintet , first performed in 1920, a work of which it can fairly be said that it's all over the place. In his earlier Piano Quintet , Frank Bridge steers clear of the poorly controlled modernist urges that destabilised the Scott. Terroni and the Bingham Quartet make a strong case for its mixture of the autumnal and the impassioned.

Michael Dervan

Michael Dervan

Michael Dervan is a music critic and Irish Times contributor