Piano Quartet: Emplay

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano        11’        1983

Performed and recorded by Lorna Osbon (violin) Stefanie Heichelheim (viola) Simon Fryer (cello) with Edward Lambert (piano


As a fitting memorial to Humphrey Searle, who pioneered 12-note technique in this country and helped to promote new music throughout his life, New Ensemble staged the Humphrey Searle Chamber Music Competition finals at the Purcell Room on Tuesday night in the context of Searle's own work. Four works were chosen for the final stage of the competition and these were performed in the first half of the concert before the jury, which deliberated quickly in the interval so that the winning work could be announced and repeated in the second half of the programme. This turned out to be Edward Lambert's piano quartet "Emplay" which certainly presented in its reworking of ideas from Brahm's Piano Quartet Op. 60 some of the most inventively-textured and syntactically original music of the evening.

Anthony Payne in the Daily Telegraph 28/4/83

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