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Britten: String Quartets 1 & 3; Alla Marcia / Emperor Quartet

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25
>Britten, Benjamin : Alla Marcia, for string quartet
>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this second disc of the Emperor Quartet's survey of Britten's music for string quartet, Alla Marcia appears as an interlude between the first and last of Britten's three published string quartets. The first disc in this series of three was released in 2010, and included a performance of the Second String Quartet described as 'stupendous' in Classic FM Magazine and 'magnificent' in Scherzo, while a Fono Forum reviewer likened it to 'an entire cosmos of colours and nuances.'

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
It is perceptive of the Emperor Quartet to include the very early Alla marcia...It is most definitely allied to the First Quartet here - their youthful and appropriately caustic playing of the fragmented themes stylised away from the Third Quartet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (05/2005).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25
  • Ensemble: Emperor Quartet
  • Running Time: 25 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Britten, Benjamin : Alla Marcia, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1933

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94
  • Running Time: 25 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975