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Britten & Purcell: Chamber Works for Strings

Doric String Quartet

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String Quartet No.1, Op.25  
1.1
I. Andante sostenuto
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
9:05
1.2
II. Allegretto con slancio
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
2:55
1.3
III. Andante calmo
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
10:28
1.4
IV. Molto vivace
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
3:40
Three Divertimenti  
1.5
I. March. Allegro maestoso
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
3:36
1.6
II. Waltz. Allegretto
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
2:58
1.7
III. Burlesque
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
3:18
String Quartet No.3, Op.94  
1.8
I. Duets. With Moderate Movement
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
5:38
1.9
II. Ostinato. Very Fast
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
3:11
1.10
III. Solo. Very Calm
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
6:01
1.11
IV. Burlesque. Fast, con fuoco
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
2:16
1.12
V. Recitative & Passacaglia (La serenissima)
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
10:01
Purcell: Fantazias in 4 Parts  
2.1
Fantasy in F Major, Z. 737
Henry Purcell; Doric String Quartet
3:27
2.2
Fantasy in C Minor, Z. 738
Henry Purcell; Doric String Quartet
3:29
2.3
Fantasy in D Minor, Z. 739
Henry Purcell; Doric String Quartet
3:41
2.4
Fantasy in A Minor, Z. 740
Henry Purcell; Doric String Quartet
2:55
2.5
Fantasy in E Minor, Z. 741
Henry Purcell; Doric String Quartet
3:27
String Quartet No.2, Op.36  
2.6
I. Allegro calmo senza rigore
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
8:13
2.7
II. Vivace
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
3:23
2.8
III. Chacony. Sostenuto
Benjamin Britten; Doric String Quartet
18:56
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:50:38
Founded in 1998 at Pro Corda, Suffolk, the multi-award-winning Doric String Quartet describes recording Britten’s quartets as a significant milestone: ‘In our recording we have endeavoured to tread a line that brings out the humanity in these works but also recognises the need for distance and fragility. This is very personal and intimate music, yet also world-encompassing and timeless.’ The Quartet continues: ‘Another feature of this recording is that Hélène Clément, our violist, is playing on Benjamin Britten’s own viola. This instrument (on loan from the Britten-Pears Foundation) was made in 1843 in Milan by Francesco Guissani. It was previously owned by the composer Frank Bridge who gave it to Britten, as a departure gift when Britten and Pears set sail for the USA in 1939.’ Hélène Clément writes: ‘To be able to explore the music of Britten with the very sound that the composer had in his ears is the greatest honour and joy I could have imagined.’
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