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Michael Tippett (1905-1998): String Quartets Nos. 1 - 5 / Heath Quartet

Album Summary

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 4
>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 5
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sir Michael Tippett's complete String Quartets are given fresh perspectives by the vibrant and adventurous Heath Quartet. The first ensemble in 10 years to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award, the Heaths bring irresistible energy to these works.

From Quartet No. 1, premièred in what was the first professional performance of the composer's music, and Quartet No. 3, written during the Second World War whilst Tippett, a committed pacifist, faced a prison sentence, to his landmark fifth and final quartet, Tippett's stirring and powerfully individual writing is recorded in the intimate acoustic of Wigmore Hall.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
Infused with the energy of a live performance... it is good to see a quartet of the next generation carrying Tippett's music forward.

CD Review, 16th January 2016
They bring a sort of lightness to this music, because there's a lot of fugues and a rhythmic energy of this music to which they almost dance in places, but they find the intensity as well that's required.

Classical Music, February 2016
With warmth and dash aplenty, this young quartet really has the measure of these remarkable works: rhythms are deftly pointed, yet the sheer beauty of Tippett's writing is never sacrificed.

Financial Times, 8th January 2016
Recorded live over two evenings, the Heath Quartet's 2CD set is authoritative even in music deemed unplayable when it was written - a workout for the intellect and the spirit alike.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
No one has dramatised the finale's palindrome, with a spooky hall of mirrored harmonics at its centre, with the poise of the Heaths. A tremendous achievement.

MusicWeb International, March 2016
These works are all rewarding and do not suffer from the same failings as some of his later works in other genres. The Heath Quartet bring to them splendid energy and commitment ... if you want a recent set played by an ensemble which accepts these works on their own terms as part of the repertory the Heath Quartet will do very well.

Sunday Times, 17th January 2016
The Heath players manage the perennially tricky idiom with flair.

The Arts Desk, 30th January 2016
This is a terrific set. Some composers are justly neglected. Tippett isn't one of them - all hail the Heath Quartet for making this absorbing music available in such exciting performances.

The Guardian, 17th January 2016
The admirable Heath Quartet, formed at the Royal Northern College in 2002, played [Tippett's String Quartet] cycle in four concerts at Wigmore Hall, from which these incisive, vibrant performances are taken. Each quartet has a distinctive character... well worth exploring.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (2013-12-03&2014-01-17&2014-).



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Works Details

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Ensemble: Heath Quartet
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1943
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Running Time: 20 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941-1942
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Running Time: 30 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1946
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 4
  • Running Time: 26 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977-1978
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tippett, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 5
  • Running Time: 29 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990-1991
  • Studio/Live: Live