String Quartets & Piano Quintet
Hamilton Harty

String Quartets & Piano Quintet

Goldner String Quartet / Piers Lane

CDA 67927 - 0034571179278

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Acclaimed pianist Piers Lane and his fellow Australians, the Goldner String Quartet, reprise their highly successful partnership in these world-premiere recordings of the two String Quartets and Piano Quintet of Irish composer Hamilton Harty. Born in County Down, Harty (1879–1941) was a remarkable, self-taught musician who wrote in a lyrical Romantic idiom, as evidenced in these appealing works, while incorporating a modal astringency and folk-music charm that are reminiscent of Percy Grainger. In particular, the winding, pentatonic melody of the Lento of the Piano Quintet—a lusciously big-boned work worthy of Tchaikovsky—and the delightful 9/8 ‘hop jig’ of the first movement of String Quartet No 2 seem like settings of folk-melodies that have echoed for centuries around the green hills of Ireland. Intriguingly, however, they are entirely Harty’s own invention.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Piano Quintet in F Major, Op. 12
    I. Allegro
    10:21
  • 2
    Piano Quintet in F Major, Op. 12
    II. Vivace
    04:07
  • 3
    Piano Quintet in F Major, Op. 12
    III. Lento
    09:31
  • 4
    Piano Quintet in F Major, Op. 12
    IV. Allegro con brio
    08:42
  • 5
    String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 5
    I. Allegro ma non troppo
    07:23
  • 6
    String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 5
    II. Vivace sempre leggiero
    05:45
  • 7
    String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 5
    III. Lento
    07:04
  • 8
    String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 5
    IV. Allegro con brio – Molto vivace
    06:12
  • 9
    String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1
    I. Allegro con brio
    08:31
  • 10
    String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1
    II. Vivace
    02:52
  • 11
    String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1
    III. Andante pastorale
    06:39
  • 12
    String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1
    IV. Allegro vivace
    05:37