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Second & Third String Quartets

Finnissy: Second & Third String Quartets

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2012

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Camerata Quartet

string quartet

Venue:

St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, London


St John the Baptist, Aldbury, London



Engineer:

Jonathan Haskell



Record Label
NMC

Genre:

Contemporary




Total Time - 63:32
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Second & Third String Quartets

     
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MICHAEL FINNISSY

     
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Second String Quartet

19:19
     
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Third String Quartet

44:13
     
 Camerata Quartet string quartet


 Michael Finnissy’s Second Quartet is ’based on a compact Haydn model’ - originally intended to be the ’Lark’, Op.64, No.5 - and traces of its antecedent can be discerned within it. By contrast, the Third Quartet incorporates actual birdsong, both transcribed and recorded, in the composer’s response to the natural world and man’s place in it: the instruments gradually fade out, to leave only the sound of birds.

"…only Finnissy could write what adds up to a symphonic movement, splice in bird song and label it ‘string quartet" 
 
Gramophone magazine

"…a fluid and playful work whose intensity is offset by its teasing unexpectedness"

International Record Review  

 


"…fascinating essays, inevitable extensions rather than subversions of quartet tradition" 
 
The Sunday Times

 "...Finnissy ultimately transcends the quartet genre..."

BBC Music Magazine


"Do the birds sing for any composer beyond Messiaen? Two British works of the new millennium, Jonathan Harvey’s glorious Bird Concerto with Piano Song and Michael Finnissy’s sublime Third String Quartet, have shown the answer to be an emphatic ‘yes’" 
 
BBC Music Magazine



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