British String Quartets


From his earliest compositional drafts through to his final works Alwyn was drawn to the string quartet that he described as the “most intimate of mediums”.

Chamber music for strings is a major part of Bridge’s compositions. He developed a very personal style that shows influences by Alban Berg, while his harmonies and melodies still contain English elements.

Britten studied with Bridge, who became his first mentor and highly influenced his development. String quartet writing was an important part of Britten’s career from his joyful Simple Symphony for string quartet that contains melodies written when he was only nine years old to his last major work, the third string quartet that includes references to other composers, including a tribute to his friend Shostakovich.


Bax is mostly known for his orchestral music, but he also composed some delightful string quartets. His first – dedicated to Elgar – was composed in a Romantic mood, while the following two are harmonically and rhythmically more daring.

Elgar completed his single string quartet on Christmas Eve 1918. Composed in a depressive mood during World War I, it offsets sombre elements with incredibly beautiful melodies.

Besides, some less well known masterpieces by Arnold, Bliss, Ireland and Rawsthrone, two string quartets by Vaughan Williams and three by Tippett, can also be discovered in this package. 
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ALWYN, W.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 ...

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ARNOLD: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 ...

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BAX: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2

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BERKELEY: String Quartets Nos. 1-3

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BLISS: String Quartets / Conversations

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BRIDGE: Phantasie Quartet / Novelletten

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BRIDGE: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3

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BRITTEN: String Quartets No. 3 / ...

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BRITTEN: String Quartets Nos. 1 and ...

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ELGAR: String Quartet in E Minor / ...

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IRELAND: String Quartets Nos. 1 and ...

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RAWSTHORNE: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 ...

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SIMAKU: String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3 ...

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TIPPETT, M.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 ...

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Phantasy Quintet / ...

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Other String Quartet Packages:
Classical - Part 1 Haydn
Classical - Part 2 Mozart
Romantic - Part 1 German String Quartets
Romantic - Part 2 Czech & Slovak String Quartets
Transition from the Romantic period to the 20th Century - String Quartets
20th Century - Part 1 British String Quartets
20th Century - Part 2 Polish & Russian String Quartets



 

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