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Fricker: The String Quartets / Villiers Quartet


Release Date: 02/10/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571374  
Composer:  Peter Racine Fricker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Benefitting from the afterglow of the 1949 Koussevitzky Prize for his First Symphony, Peter Racine Fricker's original and striking First Quartet was premiered later that year to international acclaim. The Second Quartet shares a formal clarity and kinship with the tonality heard in the First, but evolving in range, technique and eloquence of expression. The symmetrical Third Quartet with its intricate variations is finely crafted in the serial style of Fricker's later music.

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REVIEW:

Listening to these marvelously sympathetic performances from the Villiers Quartet, one wonders why they are not better known. This is the first recording of the Nos. 1 & 3, the latter a masterpiece of poise,
Read more balance, and re-discovered expressive purpose. Naxos' sound is beautifully balanced and the best these works have enjoyed. Highly recommended.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings No. 1, Op. 8 by Peter Racine Fricker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
2.
Quartet for Strings No. 2, Op. 20 by Peter Racine Fricker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
3.
Quartet for Strings No. 3 by Peter Racine Fricker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
4.
Adagio and Scherzo by Peter Racine Fricker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet

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