Purcell: String Fantasia in Four parts; Britten: String Quartets Nos. 1-3; Three Divertimenti

Purcell: String Fantasia in Four parts; Britten: String Quartets Nos. 1-3; Three Divertimenti

by Doric String QuartetDoric String Quartet

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Overview

The string quartets of Benjamin Britten are not exactly rare items, but with this release Britain's young Doric String Quartet vaults to the top of the pack. The album just has an uncanny sense of living in the music. Start with the nonpareil engineering work by Chandos at the concert hall of Snape Maltings, a place with which Britten was well acquainted. You can start sampling right at the arresting beginning of the "String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25"; the detailed textures of the string quartet are marvelously captured throughout. It's not insignificant that violist Hélène Clément plays Britten's own viola; in many places, such as the big final "Chacony" of the "String Quartet No. 2, Op. 36," he gives the viola a lot to do, and Clément's performance is electric. The Chacony is an example of the neo-Baroque strain in Britten's music, aptly complemented here by a set of Fantasies by Henry Purcell. The Doric is not the first ensemble to join Britten and Purcell, but their performances, with the Purcell pieces working well in the string quartet medium, make it seem especially seamless. Again, the presence of Britten's fascinating "String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94," almost his swan song but not terribly often played, is an attraction, and the performance is one of great detail and commitment. A top-notch Britten recording, and an exemplary feat of engineering.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2019
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115212424
catalogNumber: 20124
Rank: 72091

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25

    1. I. Andante sostenuto (Tempo I) - Allegro vivo (Tempo II) - Tempo I (Andante) - Tempo II (Allegro) -  (09:09)
    2. II. Allegretto con slancio  (02:58)
    3. III. Andante calmo - Poco animato - A tempo tranquillo  (10:34)
    4. IV. Molto vivace - Con anima  (03:48)
  2. Divertimenti (3), for string quartet

    1. I. March. Allegro maestoso - Marciando - Con slancio - Avanti! - Maestoso  (03:38)
    2. II. Waltz. Allegretto (molto rubato sempre) - Agitato - Con fuoco  (03:00)
    3. III. Burlesque. To Francis Barton. Presto - Con brio - Pesante - Animato - Sempre in tempo - Presti  (03:26)
  3. String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94

    1. 1 Duets. With moderate movement - Quitely - Very quietly  (05:41)
    2. 2 Ostinato. Very fast  (03:14)
    3. 3 Solo. Very calm - Lively - [As before]  (06:04)
    4. 4 Burlesque. Fast, con fuoco - Quasi 'Trio' - (Maggiore')  (02:19)
    5. 5 Recitative and Passacaglia (La Serenissima). Slow - Slowly moving  (10:01)

Disc 2

  1. Fantasias (15) for viols

    1. VI. Fantasia, Z 737 (14 June 1680). [ ] - Slow - Quick - Slow in F major  (03:27)
    2. VII. Fantasia, Z 738 (19 June 1680) in C minor  (03:28)
    3. VIII. Fantasia, Z 739 (19 / 22 June 1680). [ ] - Brisk - Slow in D minor  (03:41)
    4. IX. Fantasia, Z 740 (23 June 1680). [ ] - Quick in A minor  (02:55)
    5. X. Fantasia, Z 741 (30 June 1680). [ ] - Slow - Quick in E minor  (03:37)
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36

    1. I. Allegro calmo senza rigore - Animato - Sempre con moto - Energico - Tranquillo - Agitato - Tranq  (08:17)
    2. II. Vivace  (03:27)
    3. III. Chacony. Sonstenuto - Cadenza, ad libitum [cello] - Molto più andante - Cadenza, ad libitum [v  (18:56)

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