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Britten: String Quartet No. 2; 3 Divertimenti; Miniature Suite; String Quartet in D

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36
>Britten, Benjamin : Divertimenti (3), for string quartet
>Britten, Benjamin : Miniature Suite, for string quartet (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings in D major
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Notes & Reviews:

Classic FM Magazine
The Emperor Quartet gives a stupendous rendition of the Second Quartet, nuancing it with a fabulously imagined range of colour; it comes across as not only powerful but visionary...There are sounds here that one mightn't have realised a string quartet could make.

Gramophone Magazine
In their very different ways these are highly imaginative works and they receive lively, engaging performances here...the Emperor Players...captur[e] the essential Britten style well - salt-sea splashes of sound, straight out of Peter Grimes, in the Vivace - and able to build up the final Chacony as inexorably as any.

International Record Review
With the quality of the competition so consistently high, do we really need another recording of Britten quartets? When the playing is as outstanding as this, the answer is an irrevocable 'yes'...The inner parts are clearly audible and well-balanced.

The Guardian
The Emperor Quartet play all three with the right mix of witty insouciance and technical accomplishment, but the group reveals its true colours in the Second Quartet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (03/2007).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36
  • Running Time: 31 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Divertimenti (3), for string quartet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1933

>Britten, Benjamin : Miniature Suite, for string quartet (juvenilia)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings in D major
  • Running Time: 19 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1931