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Britten and Bliss

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Britten and Bliss

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    • Britten: Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2 (1932) (13:16)

    • BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–1976)

      Britten: Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2 (1932) (13:16)

    • I. Assai sostenuto (8:09)

    • ARTHUR BLISS (1891–1975)

      Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet (1927) (22:35)

      I. Assai sostenuto (8:09)

    • II. Andante con moto (8:40)

    • II. Andante con moto (8:40)

    • III. Vivace (5:38)

    • III. Vivace (5:38)

    • I. Duets: With moderate movement (5:28)

    • BENJAMIN BRITTEN

      String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94 (1975) (25:58)

      I. Duets: With moderate movement (5:28)

    • II. Ostinato: Very fast (3:19)

    • II. Ostinato: Very fast (3:19)

    • III. Solo: Very calm (4:40)

    • III. Solo: Very calm (4:40)

    • IV. Burlesque: Fast-con fuoco (2:14)

    • IV. Burlesque: Fast-con fuoco (2:14)

    • V. Recitative and Passacaglia (La Serenissima) (10:02)

    • V. Recitative and Passacaglia (La Serenissima) (10:02)

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The esteemed Vermeer Quartet joins forces with phenomenal oboist Alex Klein in three pillars of 20th-century British chamber music.

Benjamin Britten's spellbinding Phantasy Quartet (1932) for oboe, violin, viola, and cello was his first work to gain international recognition. This passionate piece displays elements that became hallmarks of his unique style.

Noteworthy for its sublime balance between oboe and strings, Arthur Bliss's gorgeous Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet (1927) deftly blends diverse styles and influences, concluding with the ingenious use of an Irish jig.

In a fitting finale, the Vermeer plays Britten's last major work, the String Quartet No. 3 (1975). The New York Times says of the valedictory piece, "Every episode. . . seems to emanate from some mystical realm."

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Album Details

Total Time: 62:08

Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone Design: Melanie Germond
Cover Photo: Venice, Italy ca. 1950 by Ferruccio Leiss, © Alinari Archives/CORBIS
Recorded: October 3 (Bliss) & 4 (Britten Phantasy Quartet), 2005 and April 25-26, 2006 (Britten Quartet No. 3) at WFMT-Chicago
Publishers:
Britten: © 1934 for the Phantasy Quartet and © 1977 for the 3rd String Quartet
Faber Music c/o Boosey and Hawkes Bliss: © 1927 Oxford University Press (NY)

© 2006 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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