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Robert Still: The Four String Quartets

Villiers Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1  
1.1
I. Adagio - Allegretto Seriouso
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
8:40
1.2
II. Allegretto Giocondo
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
3:23
1.3
III. Tempo di Marcia quasi Passacaglia
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
4:36
String Quartet No. 2  
1.4
I. Allegro risoluto
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
4:41
1.5
II. Molto adagio Molto legato
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
9:17
1.6
III. Allegro vivo
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
4:00
String Quartet No. 3  
1.7
I. Allegro marcato
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
6:17
1.8
II. Adagio sostenuto
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
6:37
1.9
III. Allegro Pressante
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
2:55
1.10
IV. Tempo di Marcia
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
6:33
String Quartet No. 4  
1.11
I. Allegro agitato
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
3:58
1.12
II. Poco lento
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
5:19
1.13
III. Tempo di Marcia
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
3:30
1.14
IV. Angoscioso
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
6:38
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:24
"No praise can be too high for these sublimely articulated and concentrated readings ... admirable sound and balance too." - Gramophone "Four Stars ... reveals remarkable musical strength. Fine performances." - BBC Music Magazine "The Villiers Quartet has made these four string quartets their own ... their interpretation of the later ‘atonal’ works is masterly ... a must for all enthusiasts of British chamber music." - MusicWeb International The Villiers Quartet presents this highly-praised album of world premiere recordings of Robert Still’s four string quartets, vividly encapsulating his compositional career. The programme owes a considerable debt to the editorial expertise of James Dickenson, leader of the quartet, who prepared the performance material from the original scores.
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