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Berkeley: String Quartets no 1-3 / Maggini Quartet

Album Summary

>Berkeley, Lennox : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 6
>Berkeley, Lennox : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 15
>Berkeley, Lennox : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 76
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Central to Lennox Berkeley’s chamber music output are the three string quartets that occur at regular intervals during the first half of his career. The 'First Quartet' suggests the presence of Bartok and Stravinsky, its style recalling Berkeley’s years in Paris, while by the time of the 'Second Quartet', in which the balance between formal clarity and expressive depth is effortlessly achieved, these influences have been thoroughly absorbed. Written in 1970, the 'Third Quartet' features one of the composer’s finest slow movements, a 'Lento' which begins with ghostly harmonics before building to a climax of considerable intensity.

International Record Review
Berkeley's First Quartet has some extraordinarily original features... The recording quality of this CD is particularly outstanding...

Gramophone
this piece is expert and highly idiomatic, and the central slow movement - always a special feature of any Berkeley work in sonata layout - is beautifully sustained.



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>Berkeley, Lennox : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 6
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/07/2006-12/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Berkeley, Lennox : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 15
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/07/2006-12/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Berkeley, Lennox : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 76
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (12/07/2006-12/09/2006)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970