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Britten: String Quartet 1; Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Op.57


Release Date: 05/01/2009 
Label:  Crd Records   Catalog #: 3351   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Clifford Benson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alberni Quartet Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Length:  1 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A thoughtful coupling: the two works are almost exactly contemporary and both can be heard as reflections of the unquiet world of 1940 (and in the scherzo of his Quartet, Britten's admiration for Shostakovich is very clearly audible). The vivid ingenuity of the Britten is paralleled by a performance of great virtuosity in which the sharp contrasts of texture and colour upon which much of the argument depends are given full value: a bracing and pungent account, admirably recorded."
Michael Oliver, The Gramophone
"A thoughtful coupling: the two works are almost exactly contemporary and both can be heard as reflections of the unquiet world of 1940 (and in the scherzo of his Quartet, Britten's admiration for Shostakovich is very clearly audible). The vivid ingenuity of the Britten is paralleled by a performance of great virtuosity in which the sharp contrasts of texture and colour upon which much of the argument depends are given full value: a bracing and pungent account, admirably recorded."
Michael Oliver, The Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25 by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alberni Quartet Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Church, 
2.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Clifford Benson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alberni Quartet Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Church, 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25: I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25: II. Allegretto con slancio
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25: III. Andante calmo
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25: IV. Molto vivace
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57: I. Prelude: Lento - II. Fugue: Adagio
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57: III. Scherzo: Allegretto
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento - V. Finale: Allegretto

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