Fricker - The String Quartets
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Cat No: 8571374
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10th February 2017
WorksAdagio and Scherzo for string quartet
String Quartet no.1, op.8
String Quartet no.2, op.20
String Quartet no.3
The music of Peter Racine Fricker is undergoing something of a gradual renaissance at the moment after many years in the wilderness. The Lyrita label in particular has recently been raising awareness through rereleases of archive recordings of chamber, symphonic and choral works. New recordings are a rarity however, and with this brand new production of Fricker’s complete string quartets made in association with the British Music Society we are well ahead of the competition.
The Villiers Quartet is winner of the 2015 Radcliffe Chamber Music Competition, and holds the position of Quartet-in-Residence at Oxford University’s Faculty of Music, encompassing the grand and iconic spirit of London’s extraordinary music tradition. The Villiers Quartet has developed an international reputation for its performances of English composers including Elgar, Britten, and Delius, and their début CD for Naxos, the Complete Quartets of Robert Still (8571353), won high praise in Gramophone, received five stars in Classical Music Magazine, and was admired for its “remarkable musical strength [and] fine performances” in BBC Music Magazine.
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