pears, vyvyan, cross, mandikian, benjamin britten benjamin britten : the turn of the screw - ( 2 lp set box mono mint condition ). DECCA ACE OF DIAMONDS - England - GOM 560-1 Mono - 1968. the gabrieli string quartet benjamin britten frank britten, bridge: the gabrieli quartet. Decca - 7354005 - SDD 497. x.
Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was one of the most precocious of all composers who have the term child prodigy attached to them. Britten showed a keen interest in music from a very early age – both as a pianist and composer. He would become a formidable pianist, but as remarkable as his early compositions are (he had composed 6 string quartets by the age of 12!), very few people, including Frank Bridge could predict that he would become the 20th centuries greatest opera composers. The 1st quartet dates from 1941, the 2nd from 1945 and was premiered on the actual day that Purcell died some 250 years earlier, and was Britten’s second contribution to the Purcell Anniversary, after The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. It’s a powerful work reflecting the composer’s shock at seeing first hand the concentration camps after the fall of the Nazis.
The players were the Gabrieli String Quartet of Britain, and their music was by Haydn, Britten and Tchaikovsky. The Gabrieli played the first with a warmblooded enthusiasm that still never pressed down too hard on the music. The Britten - with its lightfooted march, its waltz theme handed from player to player and its busy finale - was full of startling outbursts and deft little surprises.
Tracklist: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) CD 1: 1-3 String Quartet in D (1931) 4-7 Simple Symphony O. 8-11 String Quartet N. in D O. 5 CD 2: 1-3 String Quartet N. in C O. 6 4-8 String. The 3rd quartet is from 1975/6, and was premiered two weeks after his death – the quartet uses fragments of his last opera Death in Venice in the last movement.
Early in his career, Britten wrote five other pieces for string quartet, including two titled as string quartets, in addition to the four works recorded here, and the Three Divertimenti, which are included, had a troubled history. That said, the Brodsky's performances are consistently strong, and Challenge Classics' engineering work in Suffolk's Snape Maltings Concert Hall has held up well after 15 years. The Brodsky's forte is perhaps the sober contrapuntal work in the death-haunted String Quartet No. 3 of 1975, with its magnificent final chaconne swan song.
78 Benjamin Britten piano Russell Burgess. String Quartet in F major (1928) Utrecht String Quartet Miniature Suite (1929) for string quartet Emperor Quartet Rhapsody (1929) Quartettino (1930) Phantasy in F minor (1932) for string quintet Alla marcia (1933) Three Divertimenti (1936) Endellion String Quartet.