ARNOLD BAX (1883-1953): Piano Quintet in G Minor, FRANK BRIDGE (1879-1940): Piano Quintet in D Minor.
Catalogue Number: 12M058
Description: Bax's huge quintet (1914-15) marks a watershed in his career, its sheer size pointing the way toward the necessary expression of his passionate emotions via the symphony. Almost everything in it reminds us of the symphonies to come, from the markings in the score ("Passionate and rebellious", "dull and expressionless", "distant and smothered", etc.) to the opposition between heightened lyricism and destructive emotions; there are reminiscences in the first two movements of the tone poem The Garden of Fand, not yet orchestrated at this time. For what it's worth, these players lop five minutes off the 46:14 of the 1990 Chandos recording which is no longer available. Ashley Wass (piano), Tippett Quartet.