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Britten: String Quartets 1, 2 & 3 / Takacs Quartet

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25
>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36
>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94
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Notes & Reviews:

The Takács Quartet have recorded much of the great Classical and Romantic quartet repertoire during their fruitful career. Now they turn to three masterpieces of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten's three String Quartets span the composer's life, the first written in America and the second written at the height of Britten's fame after the premiere of Peter Grimes. It was written to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Purcell's death - a composer who was a lifetime inspiration to Britten - and the last movement is cast in the form of a huge Chacony. The third quartet was written at the end of Britten's life and refers specifically to his last opera, Death in Venice. Peter Pears described this haunting work as being, "of a profound beauty more touching than anything else, radiant, wise, new, mysterious - overwhelming."

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A stunningly accomplished group of players, capable of polishing anything so that it shines with their signature burnished tone quality.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (02/12/2013-02/15/2013).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25
  • Ensemble: Takacs Quartet
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (02/12/2013-02/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (02/12/2013-02/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (02/12/2013-02/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975