Goldner Quartet & Piers Lane Elgar recording
The Telegraph, London
Elgar: Piano Quintet; String Quartet, CD review
Piers Lane (piano), Goldner String Quartet Hyperion.
Rating: * * * *
The Goldner String Quartet judges the Elgar idiom persuasively, finding that blend of sensibility and muscularity, wistful meditation and optimistic motivation. The main works are the E minor String Quartet (1918) and the A minor Piano Quintet, completed the following year: both are played with distinction, and with a secure grasp of the give and take of pulse that is integral to Elgar’s music. In between, Piers Lane plays four miniatures, including a 27-second Impromptu.