DAVID WYNNE (1900-1983): Piano Sonata No. 2, String Quartet No. 3, IAN PARROTT (b.1916): String Quartet No. 4, DAVID HARRIES (1933-2003): Piano Quintet, Op. 20.
Catalogue Number: 11K089
Description: Wynne's robust, purposeful sonata frames a slow lament with a tough, energetic opening movement and a moto perpetuo finale of somewhat Bartókian character, the whole occupying a basically tonal/modal idiom with an economy of texture reminiscent of Alan Bush's piano music. The quartet is significantly more atonal, dating from some ten years later, when the composer turned to a form of serialism; although the five-movement work is constructed from fragmentary gestures and cells, it maintains a sense of forward momentum similar to that of the sonata. Parrott's quartet is a finely expressive work, melodically inventive and relying on the development of material in free variation style for forward momentum. Parrott's vocabulary is firmly tonal, the material cogently argued in an essentially three-movement structure with a brief introduction and epilogue. Harries' piano quintet is a thoroughly crafted work in an extended tonal idiom - anything more modern than suggested by that is an intermittent effect rather than part of the work's musical substance - and constructs much of its melodic material from scalar fragments, lending the music an harmonically ambiguous, chromatically shifting quality, while remaining entirely approachable throughout. University Ensemble of Cardiff. Original 1971 LP release.