Doric String Quartet Britten & Purcell: Chamber Works for Strings

Britten & Purcell: Chamber Works for Strings

Doric String Quartet

Released on March 29, 2019 by Chandos

Main artist: Doric String Quartet

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music

Distinctions: Gramophone Editor's Choice ( May 2019)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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Founded in 1998 at Pro Corda, Suffolk, the multiaward-winning Doric String Quartet describes recording Britten’s quartets as a significant milestone: ‘In our recording we have endeavoured to tread a line that brings out the humanity in these works but also recognises the need for distance and fragility. This is very personal and intimate music, yet also world-encompassing and timeless.’ The Quartet continues: ‘Another feature of this recording is that Hélène Clément, our violist, is playing on Benjamin Britten’s own viola. This instrument (on loan from the Britten-Pears Foundation) was made in 1843 in Milan by Francesco Guissani. It was previously owned by the composer Frank Bridge who gave it to Britten, as a departure gift when Britten and Pears set sail for the USA in 1939.’ Hélène Clément writes: ‘To be able to explore the music of Britten with the very sound that the composer had in his ears is the greatest honour and joy I could have imagined.’ © Chandos
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Album : 2 disks - 20 tracks Total length : 01:51:44

    DISC 1
    String Quartet No.1, Op.25 (Benjamin Britten)
  1. 1 String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25: I. Andante sostenuto

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  2. 2 String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25: II. Allegretto con slancio

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  3. 3 String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25: III. Andante calmo

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  4. 4 String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25: IV. Molto vivace

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  5. Three Divertimenti
  6. 5 3 Divertimenti: I. March. Allegro maestoso

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  7. 6 3 Divertimenti: II. Waltz. Allegretto

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  8. 7 3 Divertimenti: III. Burlesque

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  9. String Quartet No.3, Op.94
  10. 8 String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94: I. Duets. With Moderate Movement

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  11. 9 String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94: II. Ostinato. Very Fast

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  12. 10 String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94: III. Solo. Very Calm

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  13. 11 String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94: IV. Burlesque. Fast, con fuoco

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  14. 12 String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94: V. Recitative & Passacaglia (La serenissima)

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  15. DISC 2
    Purcell: Fantazias in 4 Parts (Henry Purcell)
  16. 1 Fantasy in F Major, Z. 737

    Henry Purcell, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  17. 2 Fantasy in C Minor, Z. 738

    Henry Purcell, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  18. 3 Fantasy in D Minor, Z. 739

    Henry Purcell, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  19. 4 Fantasy in A Minor, Z. 740

    Henry Purcell, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  20. 5 Fantasy in E Minor, Z. 741

    Henry Purcell, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  21. String Quartet No.2, Op.36 (Benjamin Britten)
  22. 6 String Quartet No. 2, Op. 36: I. Allegro calmo senza rigore

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  23. 7 String Quartet No. 2, Op. 36: II. Vivace

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  24. 8 String Quartet No. 2, Op. 36: III. Chacony. Sostenuto

    Benjamin Britten, Composer - Doric String Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

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  • Founded in 1998 at Pro Corda, Suffolk, the multiaward-winning Doric String Quartet describes recording Britten’s quartets as a significant milestone: ‘In our recording we have endeavoured to tread a line that brings out the humanity in these works but also recognises the need for distance and fragility. This is very personal and intimate music, yet also world-encompassing and timeless.’ The Quartet continues: ‘Another feature of this recording is that Hélène Clément, our violist, is playing on Benjamin Britten’s own viola. This instrument (on loan from the Britten-Pears Foundation) was made in 1843 in Milan by Francesco Guissani. It was previously owned by the composer Frank Bridge who gave it to Britten, as a departure gift when Britten and Pears set sail for the USA in 1939.’ Hélène Clément writes: ‘To be able to explore the music of Britten with the very sound that the composer had in his ears is the greatest honour and joy I could have imagined.’ © Chandos

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