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This release completes the Tippett Quartet's recordings of the three string quartets by Henryk Górecki (1933–2010). It will be of considerable interest to all who are familiar with the Polish composer's works since there are relatively few recordings available of the Third String Quartet (1995), which is a major late 20th-century masterpiece, while the earlier Sonata for Two Violins (1957) is an even greater rarity. The performances could not be in better hands. The Tippett Quartet's recording of Górecki's first two quartets was widely acclaimed. The Strad described the release as ‘Rich, dramatic performances that have the measure of a Polish master.’

Henryk Mikołaj GÓRECKI (1933–2010)
String Quartet No. 3 ‘…songs are sung’ **
Sonata for Two Violins *

John Mills and Jeremy Isaac, Violins * • Tippett Quartet **

The Sonata for Two Violins is one of Henryk Górecki’s earliest acknowledged works – its contrasts, instrumental rivalries and sophisticated technique a worthy rounding-off of his formative period. The Third String Quartet with its evocative subtitle ‘… songs are sung’ represents a culmination of Górecki’s preoccupations with elaborate and emotive melodic shapes and closely intertwined harmonies, its final minutes recalling the beauty and poignancy of the composer’s Third Symphony (Naxos 8.550822). The First and Second String Quartets can be heard on Naxos 8.573919, ‘a recording deserving of the very highest recommendation’ (Gramophone).

Listen to an extract from String Quartet No. 3:
III. Allegro, sempre ben marcato
Listen to an extract from Sonata for Two Violins:
II. Adagio sostenuto
About the Artists
From left to right:
John Mills, Jeremy Isaac, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Bozidar Vukotic
The Tippett Quartet appear regularly at venues throughout the UK, perform frequently on BBC Radio 3 and have featured at the BBC Proms; they have also toured Europe, Canada and Mexico. Their broad and diverse repertoire highlights the ensemble's rare versatility. Their impressive catalogue of recordings has been released on several labels, including Naxos, to universal critical acclaim and with classical chart topping success. They have also given numerous world and UK premieres, including newly discovered works by Tchaikovsky and Holst, as well as new works by John Adams, Howard Goodall and Alissa Firsova.
Previous releases by the Tippett Quartet
‘This is a recording deserving of the very highest recommendation.’
‘Exceptional performances of two outstanding British chamber works.’
MusicWeb International
‘These are vital performances, edgy and energetic but rich in tone.’
‘The players handle this dauntingly difficult music with technical assurance, a beautiful, varied tone, rhythmic vitality, and total emotional commitment.’
Strings Magazine
‘The Tippett Quartet’s well integrated sound is a pleasure throughout.’

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