Britten | Lachrymae
Gareth Lubbe, Natacha Kudritskaya
Vasks | Plainscapes
Dirk Mommertz, Priya Mitchell, Claude Frochaux
Elgar | Piano Quintet
Julius Drake, Priya Mitchell, Annette Walther, Nathan Braude, Claude Frochaux
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Peteris Vasks’ luminous. soaring Plainscapes is a tribute to the wide horizons of his Latvian homeland, but in its amazing climax it glories in Nature generally. It is sandwiched between two British masterpieces, Britten’s mysterious and moving echo of the Elizabethan John Dowland, and Elgar’s hugely compassionate piano quintet, which may just be his response to the carnage of the Great War.