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Howells / West / Collins / Lyric Quartet
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Metier   Catalog #: 92003   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Herbert Howells
Performer:  Andrew WestMichael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyric Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Collins, West, and the Lyric Quartet give thoroughly professional and profoundly moving performances that simmer with romantic angst, succumb completely to moments of intense contemplation, and have lively rhythmic episodes and the occasional tangy dissonance. The Quartet is a superb team that balances classical formality with folk playing, and West has unrivalled touch and color, especially when he begins the kind of quiet passage that words cannot express. Collins achieves a British timbre that is unusually rich and clear, matching the dark hue of the strings, phrasing with great color and sincerity, and making the fade-out in the closing measures of the Clarinet Quintet poignant and unforgettable."

-- Hanudel,
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 21 by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Andrew West (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyric Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 
Venue:  St. Silas Church, London NW5 
Length: 26 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings "Phantasy" by Herbert Howells
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyric Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Venue:  St. Silas Church, London NW5 
Length: 13 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 31 "Rhapsodic Quintet" by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Michael Collins (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyric Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Venue:  St. Silas Church, London NW5 
Length: 12 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21: I. Allegro moderato, tranquillo
Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21: II. Lento, molto tranquillo
Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro molto, energico
Phantasy String Quartet, Op. 25
Rhapsodic Quintet, Op. 31

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