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HILL, Alfred: String Quartets, Vol. 4 (Dominion String Quartet) - Nos. 10 and 11 / Life Quintet

Composer(s)Hill, Alfred
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572844
Label Naxos
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Alfred Hill was the doyen of Australasian composers, and his exploration of the string quartet demonstrates the range of his imagination. Both the Tenth and Eleventh quartets were written in 1935, but they offer richly differing affiliations. No. 10 brings a classical formality fused with hints of Gershwin, and a remarkable last movement which recalls the three earlier movements in rapid succession in just 32 bars, whereas No. 11 marks the height of Hill’s impressionist refinement, complete with a characteristically beautiful slow movement. The ‘Life’ Quintet, with its vocal finale, was written in 1912, a fascinating experiment later reworked into a symphony.


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HILL, Alfred: String Quartets, Vol. 4 (Dominion String Quartet) - Nos. 10 and 11 / Life Quintet 1:19:09   
  String Quartet No. 10 in E major          
      I. Allegro 7:26       
      II. Adagio 5:54       
      III. Scherzo 2:51       
      IV. Finale: Allegro moderato 4:03       
  String Quartet No. 11 in D minor          
      I. Andantino - Lento - Allegro 8:29       
      II. Adagio 4:40       
      III. Allegretto 6:28       
  Life Quintet          
      I. Grave - Allegro 10:08       
      II. Marche funebre 11:50       
      III. Scherzo 3:39       
      IV. Finale, "Gloria in excelsis Deo": Adagio maestoso - Allegro maestoso (version for voices and piano quintet) 13:41       
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