Britten - Chamber Works
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Cat No: BIS1870
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st September 2014
WorksPhantasy in F minor
Rhapsody for string quartet
Simple Symphony, op.4
String Quartet in F major
ArtistsJohn Metcalfe (viola)
For this final disc in the series, the Emperor Quartet have gathered five works from the composer's earliest period, from the String Quartet in F, by a fourteen-year old schoolboy, to the Simple Symphony, composed six years later and the work which may be regarded as his breakthrough.
As discussed in the insightful liner notes by the musicologist Arnold Whittall, these compositions demonstrate how the young Britten developed a personal style of his own.
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