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DELIUS / ELGAR String Quartets. Villiers Quartet. Naxos

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Delius Elgar String Quartets Villiers Quartet Naxos

DELIUS:
String Quartet in E minor
Two movements from original version, reassembled by Daniel Grimley


ELGAR:
String Quartet in E minor


Villiers Quartet

The legacy of the First World War left its mark on the music of near contemporaries Edward Elgar and Frederick Delius. The powerful outer movements of Elgar’s String Quartet in E minor frame a wistful and sombre Andante piacevole. Delius was dissatisfied with the first, three-movement version of his Quartet and revised the score. On this recording the final 1917 version is followed by the original versions of the opening movement and of the Late Swallows slow movement, offering a rare glimpse into Delius’s compositional workshop.

Key Feature:
The Villiers Quartet are leading exponents of the British repertoire and have made acclaimed discs for Naxos – opportunity to promote Robert Still’s later Quartets [8571353] of which Gramophone wrote: “No praise can be too high for these sublimely articulate and concentrated readings by the Villiers Quartet, for whose leader, James Dickenson, the whole project was very much a labour of love. Admirable sound and balance, too.”

The recent recording of Fricker’s String Quartets has gained widespread acclaim in the UK. “With impeccable timing, the Villiers Quartet have captured the current mood of edgy, querulous uncertainty with their release of the three magnificently bracing string quartets of Peter Racine Fricker...The playing of this highly talented quartet, champions of British music, is superb throughout and augurs well for their forthcoming release of Delius and Elgar.” (The Observer)

Naxos 8573586

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