Renowned for his distinctive, passionate and direct musical style, this exciting disc of music by Peter Fribbins follows the critically acclaimed ‘I Have the Serpent Brought’, first-class readings of Fribbins’s chamber music for strings which opened with the highly dramatic 1st String Quartet, released in 2010.
The new CD opens with the equally striking 2nd Quartet, in a recording by the celebrated Chilingirian String Quartet. This leads, via a piano prelude on themes by Haydn, to the central work on the disc, Fribbins’s Piano Concerto, a significant new addition to the British concerto repertoire, performed by talented German pianist Diana Brekalo with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Lithuanian conductor Robertas Šervenikas.
Distinguished viola and piano duo Sarah-Jane Bradley and Anthony Hewitt complete the disc with Fribbins’s beguiling ‘Fantasias’ on Welsh and Hungarian folk songs. The disc, which offers a hugely enjoyable variety of works, takes its title from the indomitable lines of Omar Khayyám, which Fribbins uses to preface his powerful new Piano Concerto: "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it".
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"[Fribbins'] advocacy of outwardly traditional genres is complemented by an approach to tonal thinking that is distinctive and often personal in its elaboration of longer-term formal and expressive contrasts."
- Richard Whitehouse. International Record Review
"Fribbins has much to say musically speaking … very well served by the thoughtful and imaginative musicians."
- Jonathan Woolf. Music Web International
The Moving Finger Writes
String Quartet No.2 'After Cromer'
1. I. Presto. Allegro molto e drammatico 6:26
2. II. Andante 3:40
3. III. Scherzo: Allegro giocoso 4:41
4. IV. Finale: Vivo 4:16
5. Haydn Prelude 2:46
6. I. Adagio drammatico - Allegro vivo 12:14
7. II. Adagio Andante - Tempo primo 10:11
8. III. Allegro vivo - Andante - Adagio -
Affrettando - Fugato 8:20
9. Fantasias for viola & piano I. Fantasia on Bugail Yr Hafod
10. Fantasias for viola & piano II. Fantasia on Azt gondoltam eso esik
Diano Brekalo & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader: Duncan Riddell, conductor: Robertas Servenikas)
Sarah-Jane Bradley & Anthony Hewitt