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Alwyn: String Quartets Nos. 6-9 / Villiers Quartet


Release Date: 03/06/2020 
Label:  Lyrita   Catalog #: 386  
Composer:  William Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

William Alwyn’s musical style is in the main of a romantic nature firmly grounded in tonality, notwithstanding some forays into modernity, calling on dissonance and freedom of form when he felt the need. This approach can be keenly felt in the works included on this album, all of which were completed when he was aged between eighteen and twenty-five. The medium of the string quartet held a long and lasting fascination for Alwyn, which began during the earliest years of his composing career. He was to compose a total of sixteen string quartets between the years 1920 and 1984. Alwyn considered that the string quartet was the ‘most intimate of mediums’ and reveled in the challenge to provide interesting material in which to balance the four Read more instruments. The sixteen string quartets that he was to compose can be divided into two groups; the first thirteen quartets were composed between 1920 and 1936, and the last three quartets were composed between 1953 and 1984. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings No. 7 in A Major by William Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
2.
Quartet for Strings No. 6 in E Minor by William Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
3.
Quartet for Strings No. 8 in D Minor by William Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
4.
Irish Tunes (7) by William Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
5.
Quartet for Strings No. 9: Adagio molto e tranquillo – Poco agitato – Adagio by William Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 

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