Piano & Chamber Music

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Label: TOCCATA CLASSICS
Catalog: TOCC0720
Format: COMPACT DISC

Gladys Chua Darlington String Quartet

The Liverpudlian George Loughlin (1914–84) was appointed professor of music at the University of Melbourne in 1958, remaining in that post for 21 years. That he was also a composer was generally unknown – a former colleague, hearing one of the pieces on this album, exclaimed: ‘That’s George?’ The earliest works here are audibly by an English composer, one who knew his Vaughan Williams, and blend an honest sincerity with fleet-footed wit. The approach of the later pieces is more philosophical and searching, the harmony more at ease with dissonance, and the melodic lines more angular – in both peppy counterpoint and long-breathed lyricism.

Price: $32.98