Britten: String Quartets


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Britten: String Quartets



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26th July 2010




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Britten: String Quartets


String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36

Three Divertimenti

Miniature Suite

World Première Recording

String Quartet in D major (1931)

Emperor Quartet



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The Emperor Quartet was established a decade ago by Martin Burgess, violin; Clare Hayes, violin; Fiona Bonds, viola and William Schofield, cello. They were first British group to win the Evian/Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition where they were also awarded the Mozart and Contemporary Prizes. In their 10th anniversary year the Quartet were nominated for a Grammy award for their recording of Walton String Quartets.

Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36

I. Allegro calmo senza rigore

II. Vivace

III. Chacony: Sostenuto

Benjamin Britten: 3 Divertimentos

No. 1. March: Allegro maestoso

No. 2. Waltz: Allegretto

No. 3. Burlesque: Presto

Benjamin Britten: Miniature Suite

I. Novelette

II. Menuetto

III. Romanza

IV. Gavotte

Benjamin Britten: String Quartet in D major

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Lento ed espressivo

III. Allegro giocoso

The Guardian

26th August 2010


“The Emperor Quartet play all three with the right mix of witty insouciance and technical accomplishment, but the group reveals its true colours in the Second Quartet.”

International Record Review

October 2010

“With the quality of the competition so consistently high, do we really need another recording of Britten quartets? When the playing is as outstanding as this, the answer is an irrevocable 'yes'...The inner parts are clearly audible and well-balanced.”

Classic FM Magazine

November 2010


“The Emperor Quartet gives a stupendous rendition of the Second Quartet, nuancing it with a fabulously imagined range of colour; it comes across as not only powerful but visionary...There are sounds here that one mightn't have realised a string quartet could make.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2010

“In their very different ways these are highly imaginative works and they receive lively, engaging performances here...the Emperor Players...captur[e] the essential Britten style well - salt-sea splashes of sound, straight out of Peter Grimes, in the Vivace - and able to build up the final Chacony as inexorably as any.”

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