Though Nicholas Maw describes his Third String Quartet, completed for the Coull Quartet in 1994, as "considerably more concise than my previous quartets", it's still a considerable 22-minute span of music. It telescopes five distinct movements into a continuous whole, with thematic reminiscences binding the sequence together, and ending with a slow passacaglia over a ground bass that is heard in all 12 possible transpositions. The pairing with Britten's Third Quartet makes perfect sense too, for there are obvious similarities between the two works
And a bonus: the early Three Divertimenti comes as a reminder, if it were needed, of the young Britten's irrepressible brilliance
Coull String Quartet Ensemble. CD: 1 Tracks: 13 Length: 59:35. CD 1. Nicholas Maw Composer. String Quartet N. Work. Coull String Quartet Ensemble. 1. oderato grazioso. 2. arghetto pesante.
Maw: String Quartet No. 3; Britten: String Quartet No. 3; Three Divertimenti. Divertimenti (3), for string quartet.
String Quartet No. 3 in G major, Op. 94, by English composer Benjamin Britten (1913–76) was his last completed major work, and his last completed instrumental work. It was written in October – November 1975 during his final illness: the first four movements at his home, The Red House, Aldeburgh, and the fifth during his last visit to Venice, at Hotel Danieli. It was dedicated to the musicologist Hans Keller
It is almost axiomatic, then, that Benjamin Britten's three string quartets have not received comparable recognition or reverence, because these bright, transparent works deny most expectations of the genre.
Three Divertimenti & Alla Marcia. By Benjamin Britten String Quartet Score Item: 12-0571506682. String Quartet No. 3. By Benjamin Britten. String Quartet Study Score. String Quartet in C Minor. By Ralph Vaughan Williams. String Quartet Parts.
Britten’s last quartet has been lucky in its recordings since the pioneering version by the Amadeus (on Decca).
String Quartets, Three Divertimenti. This album has an average beat per minute of 103 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 62/157 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Tracklist String Quartets, Three Divertimenti. 3 Divertimentos: No. March: Allegro maestoso. 62 BPM. Waltz: Allegretto. 87 BPM. Burlesque: Presto. BPM Profile String Quartets, Three Divertimenti. Album starts at 62BPM, ends at 93BPM (+31), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Benjamin Britten. The Turn of the Screw.