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STILL, R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Villiers Quartet)

    

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STILL, R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Villiers Quartet)

Robert Still’s four string quartets vividly encapsulate his compositional career. The first two, of which No. 1 was first performed in 1948, display an early inclination towards folk-song and pre-classical models, while Nos. 3 and 4, written during the 1960s “without key”, reflect his later change towards a continental European-influenced method of composition that can be summed up by the abandonment of writing in a tonal style. These world première recordings owe a considerable debt to the editorial expertise of James Dickenson, leader of the Villiers Quartet, who prepared the performance material from the original scores.


Still, Robert

  String Quartet No. 1
1.   I. Adagio - Allegretto Seriouso 00:08:40
2.   II. Allegretto Giocondo 00:03:23
3.   III. Tempo di Marcia quasi Passacaglia 00:04:36
  String Quartet No. 2
4.   I. Allegro risoluto 00:04:41
5.   II. Molto adagio Molto legato 00:09:17
6.   III. Allegro vivo 00:04:00
  String Quartet No. 3
7.   I. Allegro marcato 00:06:17
8.   II. Adagio sostenuto 00:06:37
9.   III. Allegro Pressante 00:02:55
10.   IV. Tempo di Marcia 00:06:33
  String Quartet No. 4
11.   I. Allegro agitato 00:03:58
12.   II. Poco lento 00:05:19
13.   III. Tempo di Marcia 00:03:30
14.   IV. Angoscioso 00:06:38

Total Playing Time: 01:16:24






Composer(s):
Still, Robert

Ensemble(s):
Villiers Quartet

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Catalogue No: 8.571353

Barcode: 747313135370

Physical Release: 10/2014

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