℗ 2014 Naxos
Released August 5, 2014
Duration 1h 19m 19s
Catalogue No. 8.573164
Genre Classical (Chamber Music)

Panufnik & Lutosławski: String Quartets

Tippett Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1  
Prelude – Transformations – Postlude. Senza misura
Andrzej Panufnik; Tippett Quartet
String Quartet No. 2, "Messages"  
Adagio misterioso
Andrzej Panufnik; Tippett Quartet
String Quartet No. 3, "Wycinanki"  
Lento moderato
Andrzej Panufnik; Tippett Quartet
String Quartet  
Introductory movement
Witold Lutosławski; Tippett Quartet
Main movement
Witold Lutosławski; Tippett Quartet
Digital Booklet
"Five Stars ... immediately shows the intensity of this performance and the richness of the recording. A much recorded piece, but this is the equal of anything out there." - BBC Music Magazine "... utterly compelling ... there is an inner beauty in all these works. It only requires the listener to give it time before that beauty, if not immediately evident, works its magic and shows how great these two composers were. They hold an important place in the development of 20th century music." - MusicWeb International The Tippett Quartet commemorated the 100th birthday of Andrzej Panufnik in 2014 with this release spotlighting the composer's innovative yet neglected string quartets. The programme also includes Lutosławski’s dramatic and experimental String Quartet, written when he was at the forefront of the European avant-garde.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, 4–5 February 2013 (Panufnik) & 17 June 2013 (Lutosławski) Producer & Engineer: Michael Ponder Editor: Richard Scott Publishers: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd. (Panufnik); Chester Music Ltd (Lutosławski) Booklet notes: Richard Whitehouse Cover image: Polish traditional wycinanki (© katarynek84 / Fotolia)
Track titlePeak (dB FS)RMS (dB FS)DR
Album average
Range of values
-5.23 to -1.00
-32.85 to -25.74
15 to 18
Prelude – Transformations – Postlude. Senza misura
Adagio misterioso
Lento moderato
Introductory movement
Main movement

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