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Elgar's mature chamber works make a mixed bag. Bean's performance of the sonata with
David Parkhouse convinced me to upgrade my view of it, despite Elgar's seeming to lament
the absence of an orchestra in so many passages. One is always grateful, if sympathetic,
over Alice Stuart of Wortley's broken leg at Tintagel that inspired the splendid cantilena
at the centre of the 'Romance' and indeed for the death of Marie Joshua that brought it
back in the finale
[listen -- CD1 track 2, 2:41-4:00].
The quartet is the pick of the bunch, with a kaleidoscope of fascinating material that
recalls a Falstaff with all offences purged. Bean's team relishes the quartet's
exhilarating cut and thrust
[listen -- CD2 track 6, 2:00-3:28].
Copyright © 18 August 2004
Robert Anderson, London UK