ALFRED HILL (1869-1960): String Quartets, Vol. 4 - No. 10 in E, No. 11 in D Minor, "Life" Quintet for Piano and Strings with 8 Voices in the Finale.
Catalogue Number: 01N046
Description: Plainly, the outlier here is the 1912 Life Quintet, a 39-minute work of rich, mid-19th century Romanticism whose 14-minute finale sets a text by the composer himself "Gloria in excelsis Deo" which plainly wants to be the chamber music equivalent of the final movement of the Beethoven Ninth but whose sentiments will, in 2011, only cause guffaws and snark. Still, it's a remarkable work and is a vivid snapshot of both Hill's life and times. He later used the finale both as a cantata and as the final movement of an Ode while also orchestrating the whole thing (without voices) as a symphony - as he did with the 11th Quartet. Both quartets are from 1935, the 10th showing less, the 11th more of the influence Impressionism had on Hill at this time. Dominion Quartet, Richard Mapp (piano), guest voices (SSAATTBB).