Britten: String Quartets, Vol. 3 (SACD)

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The Emperor Quartet have gathered five works from Benjamin Britten's earliest period, from the String Quartet in F, by a fourteen-year old schoolboy, to the Simple Symphony, composed six years later and the work which may be regarded as his breakthrough.

As discussed in the insightful liner notes by the musicologist Arnold Whittall, these compositions demonstrate how the young Britten developed a personal style of his own.

Click here to view Volume 1 (BISSACD1540) in the Emperor Quartet's series of Britten's string quartets.

Click here to view Volume 2 (BIS1570) in the Emperor Quartet's series of Britten's string quartets.

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Tracklisting:

Simple Symphony, Op.4 (1933–34)
1. I. Boisterous Bourrée 2'51
2. II. Playful Pizzicato 3'10
3. III. Sentimental Saraband 6'40
4. IV. Frolicsome Finale 2'53

Rhapsody (1929)
5. Andante – Allegro ed animato – Andante come primo tempo 7'26

Quartettino (1930)
6. I. Andante – (attacca) 6'19
7. II. Poco adagio ma con moto 6'34
8. III. Allegro molto vivace 3'22

Phantasy in F minor for string quintet (1932)
9. Andante (ma non troppo lento) – Allegro scherzando – Poco più lento (Andante lento) – Tempo primo più animato 11'02

String Quartet in F (1928)
10. I. Allegro vivace e con brio 8'37
11. II. Andante 2'53
12. III. Allegro vivace 4'24
13. IV. Allegro molto 6'18

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