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Robert Still (1910-1971): The Four String Quartets / Villiers Quartet

Album Summary

>Still, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Still, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Still, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Still, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 4
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Robert Still's four string quartets vividly encapsulate his compositional career. The first two, of which No. 1 was first performed in 1948, display an early inclination towards folk-song and pre- classical models, while Nos. 3 and 4, written during the 1960s "without key", reflect his later change towards a continental European-influenced method of composition that can be summed up by the abandonment of writing in a tonal style. These world première recordings owe a considerable debt to the editorial expertise of James Dickenson, leader of the Villiers Quartet, who prepared the performance material from the original scores.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
While Still's first two quartets are tonal and (mostly) bland, the Bartok-to-Seiber modernism of the Third and Fourth reveals remarkable musical strength. Fine performances.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
No praise can be too high for these sublimely articulated and concentrated readings by the Villiers Quartet, for whose leader, James Dickenson, the whole project was very much a labour of love. Admirable sound and balance too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Church Of St Silas the Martyr, London, UK (2013-07-18_2013-07-19&2014-).



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>Still, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Ensemble: Villiers Quartet
  • Notes: The Church Of St Silas the Martyr, London, UK (01/20/2014-01/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Still, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Notes: The Church Of St Silas the Martyr, London, UK (01/20/2014-01/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Still, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Notes: The Church Of St Silas the Martyr, London, UK (07/18/2013-07/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Still, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 4
  • Notes: The Church Of St Silas the Martyr, London, UK (07/18/2013-07/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern