Tippett, Michael - String Quartets Nos. 1-4 - Britten Quartet (The)

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The Britten Quartet
Peter Manning, Keith Pascoe - violins
Peter Lale - viola
Andrew Shulman - cello

Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998) was a leading figure in British contemporary music of the 20-th century. His 4 string quartets span his entire creative life, and show him as an extremely skilful and innovative composer. In his String Quartets, the most challenging and complicated musical form, Tippett draws inspiration from the late quartets of Beethoven, particularly in his fugal writing, and the intricate and complex textures of the 4 voices. The Britten Quartet already showed their special qualities in British 20th century music, their recording of the String Quartets of Benjamin Britten (Brilliant Classics 9168) won high praise. Sir Michael Tippett (1905-98) wrote a total of seven string quartets, along with two early efforts that he himself suppressed, deeming the works too immature. Like the symphonies, the Quartets Nos. 1-4, heard on this disc, span Tippett's development as a composer, and reveal his deep feeling and skill for contrapuntal music. Drawing particular inspiration from Beethoven, who Tippett held a great admiration for, the quartets display a rigorous intellectual logic and stylistic features that bear the hallmarks of Beethoven's late style. In String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3, for example, Tippett places of particular prominence on fugal writing, Nos. 1 and 2 display hints of sonata form, while String Quartet No.4 is a multi-movement work -- four movements played without a break. Yet despite Tippett's sources of inspiration, these works are also testament to his fundamentally innovative approach to composition, heard in the complex and intricate combinations of rhythms, structural experimentation and assured manipulation of string sonorities.
Artikelnummer 9257
Streckkod 5029365925723
Utgivningsdatum 2012-03-07
Kategori Stråkkvartett
Skivbolag Brilliant Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Artister Britten Quartet (The)
Kompositörer Tippett, Michael
Disk: 1
1 String Quartet No. 1 Tippett, Michael Britten Quartet
2 String Quartet No. 2 in F sharp
Disk: 2
1 String Quartet No. 3
2 String Quartet No. 4
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