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Tippett: String Quartets no 3 & 4 / Tippett Quartet

Album Summary

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 5

Notes & Reviews:

Completing their acclaimed survey of Tippett's string quartets, the young British quartet which has taken his name as their own here presents the composer's 'Third' and 'Fifth String Quartets'. Both are infused with Tippett's abiding fascination with Beethoven; the former work brimming with passionate counterpoint that recalls Beethoven's late string quartets and piano sonatas, the latter harking back to Tippett's earlier preoccupation with dramatic sonata principles. By turns dazzling, dynamic and lyrical, these are pivotal works of 20th-century chamber music.

"The Tippett Quartets are not the best-known works in the chamber repertoire, but they were well served on recordings by the Lindsays. Tippett wrote high lines that are sometimes willfully hard to play right, and sometimes they sound that way. The Tippets don't short-change us by playing safe, and while we need far more performances from other groups, on Naxos we do get a real sense of the transcendent. Try the Lento of the Third Quartet to hear high-lying passions that are not uncontained, but which feel true to life. Left enhancing, in fact. Just buy it."-Fanfare

"Their performances here do justice of Tippett's imaginative and diverse soundworld. Fans of the composer are unlikely to need my recommendation, though I offer it nonetheless. I'd also recommend it to those curious about Tippett and who are interested in going beyond his most famous oratorio. The Third Quartet in particular is a valuable door into the more esoteric corners of his output. And for anybody who has completed their pilgrimage through Beethoven's late quartets and is ready for more music in the same vein, the contrapuntal intrigues of Tippett's Third are unlikely to disappoint." -Classical-CD-Reviews.com


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Works Details

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, England (03/03/2009-04/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 5
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, England (03/03/2009-04/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990-1991