Tippett/Britten

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COMPOSERS: Tippett/Britten
LABELS: ASV
WORKS: String Quartet No. 4
PERFORMER: Lindsay String Quartet
CATALOGUE NO: CD DCA 608 (1988)
Superb ensemble playing and great interpretative verve and inspiration distinguish the Lindsay’s readings of these remarkable Seventies quartets. The tortuous and spiky contours of the Tippett, which begins and ends in mystical stillness and proceeds to conflict and passion representing the life cycle from birth to death, are scaled with ease. The more lyrical Britten is memorable for its serene ‘Solo’ central movement, the bizarre waltz of the extraordinary ‘Burlesque’ movement and the intensity of the ‘Passacaglia’ finale. Ian Lace

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