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Britten: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 - Alla marcia

Emperor Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25  
1.1
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
4:02
1.2
II. Allegretto con slancio
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
3:01
1.3
III. Andante calmo
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
10:17
1.4
IV. Molto vivace
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
4:01
1.5
Alla marcia
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
3:08
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94  
1.6
I. Duets. With moderate movement
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
5:25
1.7
II. Ostinato. Very fast
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
3:08
1.8
III. Solo. Very calm - Lively
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
5:38
1.9
IV. Burlesque. Fast
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
2:17
1.10
V. Recitative and passacaglia (La serenissima). Slow
Benjamin Britten; Emperor Quartet
9:49
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    50:46
“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.”
- Gramophone

“BIS’s super-audio sound is, as usual, vivid and present. Regardless of competition, the performances on this disc are so compelling that once you are under their spell you can’t imagine the music being done any other way, or being done better.”
- Fanfare

The second instalment in the Emperor Quartet’s survey of Britten’s string quartets, this release features both String Quartet No.1 in D and String Quartet No. 3, as well as the stand-alone Alla marcia interlude. Founded in 1992, the Emperor Quartet were the first British quartet to place first in the 1995 Evian International String Quartet Competition, a prestigious title. This album follows their highly praised recording of Britten’s second string quartet in 2010.
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Tracks 1-10– 44.1 kHz / 20-bit PCM

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