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Alwyn: String Quartets Nos. 10-13

Tippett Quartet

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String Quartet No. 10 "En voyage"  
1
I. Departure: Adagio e dolente
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
5:20
2
II. Sea Birds: Allegro vivace
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
4:26
3
III. The Lonely Waters: Adagio ma non troppo
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
5:34
4
IV. Trade Winds: Vivace
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
3:27
String Quartet No. 11 in B Minor  
5
I. Andante ma non troppo - Allegro con brio - Andante
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
10:12
6
II. Andante e semplice
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
4:22
7
III. Moderato e quieto
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
4:21
8
String Quartet No. 12, "Fantasia"
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
12:57
String Quartet No. 13  
9
I. Adagio e largamente e marcato
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
7:13
10
II. Allegro molto e vivace
William Alwyn; Tippett Quartet
11:51
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    69:43
"Only a composer so prolific and yet so perfectionist as William Alwyn could have completed over a dozen string quartets of this quality and then rejected them ... the Tippett Quartet give warm, muscular performances."
- The Guardian

"Excellent notes by Andrew Knowles, a true-hearted and generous champion of Alwyn and his music ... the experience and skills of recording producer Siva Oke and engineer Paul Arden-Taylor are fully in evidence in sound that has both bloom and bite. The performances are unwaveringly thoughtful and committed ..."
- MusicWeb International

The celebrated Tippett Quartet's world premiere recordings of four of William Alwyn's early string quartets on this album will come as a delightful surprise. The quartets each inhabit quite different sound worlds yet are always original, memorable and often passionate and intimate. inexplicably, these works became neglected after receiving enthusiastic reviews when debuted in the 1920s and 1930s, a situation the Tippett Quartet has redressed with this project.
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