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Still: The Four String Quartets / Villiers Quartet


Release Date: 10/14/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 571353   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Still
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Still’s four string quartets vividly encapsulate his compositional career. The first two, of which No. 1 was first performed in 1948, display an early inclination towards folk-song and pre-classical models, while Nos. 3 and 4, written during the 1960s “without key”, reflect his later change towards a continental European-influenced method of composition that can be summed up by the abandonment of writing in a tonal style. These world première recordings owe a considerable debt to the editorial expertise of James Dickenson, leader of the Villiers Quartet, who prepared the performance material from the original scores. Robert Still’s four string quartets vividly encapsulate his compositional career. The first two, of which No. 1 was first performed in 1948, display an early inclination towards folk-song and pre-classical models, while Nos. 3 and 4, written during the 1960s “without key”, reflect his later change towards a continental European-influenced method of composition that can be summed up by the abandonment of writing in a tonal style. These world première recordings owe a considerable debt to the editorial expertise of James Dickenson, leader of the Villiers Quartet, who prepared the performance material from the original scores. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Robert Still
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Robert Still
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 by Robert Still
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4 by Robert Still
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet

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