Rawsthorne: String Quartets

Naxos: 8570136

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Rawsthorne: String Quartets

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570136
(8.570136)

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd Oct 2006

Barcode:

0747313013678

Length:

59 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Rawsthorne: String Quartets


Rawsthorne:

Theme and Variations for Two Violins

String Quartet No. 1 'Theme & Variations'

String Quartet No. 2

String Quartet No. 3


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Alan Rawsthorne: Theme and Variations

Theme: Allegro

Variation 1: Capriccietto

Variation 2: Siciliano

Variation 3: Cancrizzante

Variation 4: Rhapsodia

Variation 5: Notturno

Variation 6: Scherzetto

Variation 7: Ostinato

Variation 8: Canone

Variation 9: Fantasia

Alan Rawsthorne: String Quartet No. 1, "Theme and Variations"

Theme: Tempo giusto, espressivo e poco agitato

Variation 1: L'istesso tempo

Variation 2: Andante appassionato

Variation 3: Allegro

Variation 4: Adagio, poco misterioso

Variation 5: Allegro preciso

Variation 6: Prestissimo

Alan Rawsthorne: String Quartet No. 2

I. Maestoso e pesante - Allegretto - Allegro agitato

II. Allegro appassionato sempre molto rubato

III. Allegretto

IV. Theme, Three Variations and Coda

Alan Rawsthorne: String Quartet No. 3

I. Allegro deciso - Allegretto - Allegro deciso

II. Alla ciacona: Andante

III. Molto vivace

BBC Music Magazine

March 2007

*****

“The Magginis… display a more subtle variety of vibrato, generally lightening the texture but tightening the screw more effectively at moments of tension.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2006

“Inquisitive readers can rest assured that the Maggini's performance are as deeply pondered as they are powerfully communicative: theirs is music-making of entrancing skill, cogent drive and tangible dedication. Boasting sound and balance of impressive realism, in addition to lucid notes by John Belcher of the Rawsthorne Trust and the composer himself, it's got to be one of my discs of the year.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“Those last two works [the Second and Third Quartets] increasingly demonstrate the influence of Bartok, without disturbing the distinctive clarity of Rawsthorne's musical idiom. Ideal performances, vividly recorded.”

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