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ALWYN, W.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Novelette (Maggini Quartet)

    




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ALWYN, W.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Novelette (Maggini Quartet)

For British composer William Alwyn CBE the string quartet was the “most perfect of mediums”. His String Quartet No. 1 of 1953 recalls the sound worlds of Dvořák, Janáček and Smetana, while repaying his debt to the Czech tradition with memorably original music. Almost 22 years later, his Second Quartet, ‘Spring Waters’, was prefaced by lines from Turgenev’s novel of the same name: “My careless years, / My precious days, / like the waters of springtime, / Have melted away.” The passionate opening of his Third, composed in 1984 and Alwyn’s swansong, leads to a conclusion of elegiac serenity.


Alwyn, William

  String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor
1.   I. Moderato e grazioso 00:05:45
2.   II. Allegro molto 00:04:07
3.   III. Adagio 00:06:06
4.   IV. Allegro vivace, molto ritmico 00:07:09
  String Quartet No. 2, "Spring Waters"
5.   I. Moderato - Lento - Adagio 00:09:04
6.   II. Allegro scherzando 00:05:30
7.   III. Adagio - Allegro moderato - Adagio e tranquillo - Allegro al fine 00:05:50
  String Quartet No. 3
8.   I. Allegro molto 00:10:01
9.   II. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio 00:12:46
  Novelette
10.   Novelette 00:02:35

Total Playing Time: 01:08:53






Composer(s):
Alwyn, William

Ensemble(s):
Maggini Quartet

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570560

Barcode: 0747313056071

Physical Release: 11/2008

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