BridgeÂ Phantasy Piano Quartet
SchumannÂ Fantasy Pieces Op 88
MozartÂ Piano Quartet in E flat K493
Fantasy is the essential ingredient in all three of these masterpieces. Brittenâ€™s teacher Frank Bridge adds a touch of impressionism to his Brahms-influenced Phantasy, while Schumannâ€™s pieces are full of gorgeous lyrical invention. Mozart more or less invented the piano quartet, and Alfred Einstein describes K493 as â€œbright in colour, but iridescent, with hints of darker shadesâ€.
â€œThe Aronowitz works as a true ensemble, listening, responding, moving as one and creating mellifluous, fascinating texturesâ€
The Daily Telegraph
Running time 1 hour 30 mins
The Abbey Church was built in 1868 to house a congregation formed by the union of a Free Church with a United Presbyterian church. It was designed by Robert R Raeburn in Early English style. The site had been used in the 18th Century by a ‘praying society’ but it is not known why the new church was named ‘Abbey’. One plausible theory is that the area was known locally as the ‘abbey lands’ because it included the ruins of a mediaeval Cistercian priory. Among the church’s stained glass windows is one by Sax Shaw (1972) which has an arrangement of suspended planes representing an ascent of doves.