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Henry Purcell; Benjamin Britten: String Fantasias in Four Parts; String Quartets Nos 1-3; Three Divertimenti



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Founded in 1998 at Pro Corda, Suffolk, the multi-award-winning Doric String Quartet describes recording Britten’s quartets as a significant milestone: ‘In our recording we have endeavoured to tread a line that brings out the humanity in these works but also recognises the need for distance and fragility. This is very personal and intimate music, yet also world-encompassing and timeless.’ The Quartet continues: ‘Another feature of this recording is that Hélène Clément, our violist, is playing on Benjamin Britten’s own viola. This instrument (on loan from the Britten-Pears Foundation) was made in 1843 in Milan by Francesco Guissani. It was previously owned by the composer Frank Bridge who gave it to Britten, as a departure gift when Britten and Pears set sail for the USA in 1939.’ Hélène Clément writes: ‘To be able to explore the music of Britten with the very sound that the composer had in his ears is the greatest honour and joy I could have imagined.’
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Item number CHAN 20124(2)
Barcode 095115212424
Release date 01/04/2019
Category Classical
Label Chandos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 2
Performers
Artists Doric String Quartet
Composers Purcell, Henry
Britten, Benjamin
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