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RAWSTHORNE: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Theme and Variations

Composer(s)Rawsthorne, Alan
Artist(s) Maggini Quartet, Ensemble • Angel, David, violin • Jackson, Laurence, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570136
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Alan Rawsthorne’s three published String Quartets mark the progression of style and language at salient points during his compositional career. String Quartet No. 1 is an early example of Rawsthorne’s partiality for variation form. String Quartet No. 2 is more succinct and precise in expression and form, while the many-layered String Quartet No. 3, an austere work of unremitting intensity, is characteristic of the final period of Rawsthorne’s creative output.

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RAWSTHORNE: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Theme and Variations 57:07   
  Theme and Variations          
      Theme: Allegro 0:46       
      Variation 1: Capriccietto 0:48       
      Variation 2: Siciliano 2:04       
      Variation 3: Cancrizzante 0:53       
      Variation 4: Rhapsodia 2:34       
      Variation 5: Notturno 3:16       
      Variation 6: Scherzetto 0:39       
      Variation 7: Ostinato 1:10       
      Variation 8: Canone 0:30       
      Variation 9: Fantasia 2:49       
  String Quartet No. 1, "Theme and Variations"          
      Theme: Tempo giusto, espressivo e poco agitato 1:00       
      Variation 1: L'istesso tempo 0:43       
      Variation 2: Andante appassionato 1:40       
      Variation 3: Allegro 1:15       
      Variation 4: Adagio, poco misterioso 2:38       
      Variation 5: Allegro preciso 1:06       
      Variation 6: Prestissimo 1:38       
  String Quartet No. 2          
      I. Maestoso e pesante - Allegretto - Allegro agitato 4:10       
      II. Allegro appassionato sempre molto rubato 4:16       
      III. Allegretto 0:29       
      IV. Theme, Three Variations and Coda 5:41       
  String Quartet No. 3          
      I. Allegro deciso - Allegretto - Allegro deciso - 7:41       
      II. Alla ciacona: Andante 5:38       
      III. Molto vivace 3:43       
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