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Bax: String Quartet No 1, Etc / English Qt, Mccabe, Kanga


Release Date: 10/28/1992 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 8391   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arnold Bax
Performer:  John McCabeSkaila Kanga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bax, who died in 1953, is now enjoying something of a renaissance and featuring in more concert programmes and record listings than ever before. His popularity is largely due to Chandos. These chamber works are new to the catalogue and to my ear, although Max Harrison in his review of the LP has reminded us that the tuneful String Quartet No. 1 was available on 78s. Here they are all recorded quite distantly in a decidedly non-chamber acoustic but nicely balanced and very listenable, it being easily possible to follow any of the instrumentalists at will.

-- Gramophone [4/1987]
Bax, who died in 1953, is now enjoying something of a renaissance and featuring in more concert programmes and record listings than ever before. His popularity is largely due to Chandos. These chamber works are new to the catalogue and to my ear, although Max Harrison in his review of the LP has reminded us that the tuneful String Quartet No. 1 was available on 78s. Here they are all recorded quite distantly in a decidedly non-chamber acoustic but nicely balanced and very listenable, it being easily possible to follow any of the instrumentalists at will.

-- Gramophone [4/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major by Arnold Bax
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
2.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor by Arnold Bax
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
3.
Quintet for Harp and Strings by Arnold Bax
Performer:  Skaila Kanga (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 

Sound Samples

Piano Quartet
Harp Quintet
String Quartet No. 1 in G Major: I. Allegretto semplice
String Quartet No. 1 in G Major: II. Lento e molto expressivo
String Quartet No. 1 in G Major: III. Rondo: Allegro vivace

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