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Birtwistle: Complete String Quartets / Arditti Quartet

Birtwistle / Arditti Quartet
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Aeon   Catalog #: 1217   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Harrison Birtwistle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Harrison Birtwistle is unquestionably one of the most frequently performed British composers on the contemporary scene. Although bowed strings are the raison d'être of this disc, their absence is no less conspicuous in the composer's early and mature works, for he waited until he was nearly 60 before writing for string quartet, strictly speaking, and the works brought together here remain, up to the present day, his only original works written exclusively for strings. The recording of these works by the Arditti Quartet, dedicatee of the String Quartet: The Tree of Strings, which was composed for them, reflects the most recent development resulting from Birtwistle's working with this ensemble over the past twenty years. Harrison Birtwistle is unquestionably one of the most frequently performed British composers on the contemporary scene. Although bowed strings are the raison d'être of this disc, their absence is no less conspicuous in the composer's early and mature works, for he waited until he was nearly 60 before writing for string quartet, strictly speaking, and the works brought together here remain, up to the present day, his only original works written exclusively for strings. The recording of these works by the Arditti Quartet, dedicatee of the String Quartet: The Tree of Strings, which was composed for them, reflects the most recent development resulting from Birtwistle's working with this ensemble over the past twenty years. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
String Quartet: "The Tree of Strings" by Harrison Birtwistle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2007; England 
2.
Movements (9) for String Quartet by Harrison Birtwistle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991/96; England 

Sound Samples

Tree of Strings
9 Movements: I. Fantasia I
9 Movements: II. Frieze I
9 Movements: III. Fantasia II
9 Movements: IV. Fantasia III
9 Movements: V. Frieze II
9 Movements: VI. Fantasia IV
9 Movements: VII. Frieze III
9 Movements: VIII. Fantasia V
9 Movements: IX. Todesfuge - Frieze IV

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