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BENNETT, W.S.: Piano Sextet / Chamber Trio / String Quartet (Villiers Quartet)


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BENNETT, W.S.: Piano Sextet / Chamber Trio / String Quartet (Villiers Quartet)

Famed for his sequence of Piano Concertos, Sterndale Bennett also wrote a small but distinguished body of chamber music. The String Quartet in G major is one of his earliest surviving works, revealing a precocious talent still strongly influenced by Haydn. Mendelssohn is the model for the Sextet, though Bennett’s highly virtuosic piano writing, with its concertante interplay, reinforces the work’s lyrical qualities and required dexterity as well as its advanced harmonies and hymnal beauty. The concise Chamber Trio radiates sheer charm while displaying an even greater grasp of structure and is the first English example in the trio form where both string instruments are given parts independent of the piano.

Bennett, William Sterndale

  Piano Sextet in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 8
1.   I. Allegro moderato ma con passione 00:13:04
2.   II. Scherzo: Quasi presto 00:07:55
3.   III. Andante grazioso 00:07:13
4.   IV. Finale: Allegro assai ed energico 00:10:24
  Chamber Trio in A Major, Op. 26
5.   I. Andante tranquillo ma con moto 00:07:59
6.   II. Serenade: Andante ma un poco Scherzando 00:04:00
7.   III: Finale: Allegro fermato 00:07:15
  String Quartet in G Major, WoO 17
8.   I. Allegro moderato 00:06:44
9.   II. Adagio 00:04:44
10.   III. Menuetto: Allegro 00:02:44
11.   IV. Finale: Allegro 00:04:38

Total Playing Time: 01:16:40

Bennett, William Sterndale

Villiers Quartet

Bosch, Leon; Dickenson, James; Stringfellow, Nick; Young, Jeremy

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.571379

Barcode: 747313137978

Physical Release: 10/2018

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