Great Britain - Great Music: String Sextets by Bridge, Holst & Holbrooke | C-AVI AVI8553079

Great Britain - Great Music: String Sextets by Bridge, Holst & Holbrooke


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Label: C-AVI

Cat No: AVI8553079

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 16th August 2019



All three works on this album from the Kölner Streichsextett, “Great Britain, Great Music”, string sextets by Bridge, Holst and Holbrooke, are rarely played and not very well known, especially as the Holst Scherzo does not exist in print, only as a manuscript and therefore this album presents the world premiere recording.

“Ironically, it was in 2017 - a year of protracted Brexit negotiations - that WDR Broadcasting suggested that we record a CD with works by British composers. Nomen est omen: certain pranksters started calling us ‘the BREXTET’. We launched into the project regardless, sorting through kilos of scores on which the notes were often quite difficult to make out. In fact, we copied out separate parts from certain scores in the British Library ourselves.

“After many months of research, we finally agreed upon our selection: the marvellous sextets by Holst, Holbrooke and Bridge featured on this CD. In the course of our rehearsals it already became clear: we had made a lucky choice. The works exceeded our expectations. We continue to be thrilled with this music, and it has captivated our audiences: the Scherzo by Holst was even a world premiere.

“Now we have arrived in the year 2019, we celebrate our 20th anniversary as a sextet and, at the same time, are overjoyed to be able to present this CD to the general public. An anniversary such as this one offers a fitting occasion to take a step back and review how our ensemble emerged and has evolved.”
– Kölner Streichsextett

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