PI­ANO QUAR­TETS BY BRIDGE, BAX, WIL­SON, WAL­TON

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DERVAN

Cappa En­sem­ble Nim­bus Al­liance NI 6183 This is the de­but CD of the Cappa En­sem­ble, win­ners of Mu­sic Net­work’s Young Mu­sicwide Award in 2009. The Cappa al­low rather more light into Bridge’s Phan­tasy for pi­ano quar­tet and Wal­ton’s youth­ful Pi­ano Quar­tet than the Frith En­sem­ble, also on Nim­bus. It’s as if fat has been burned off to show more mus­cu­lar mu­si­cal out­lines. And there’s no un­der­selling of the ex­u­ber­ance of the Wal­ton, with its in­sis­tently chunky rhythms in the fi­nale. The per­for­mances of Bax’s Pi­ano Quar­tet and Ian Wil­son’s Noct, an at­mo­spheric night piece that’s any­thing but calm­ing (es­pe­cially in its use of mi­cro­tones), is equally fine. This is hardly sur­pris­ing in the case of the Wil­son – it was spe­cially writ­ten for th­ese play­ers. See url.ie/6c45

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