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Robert Still: The Four String Quartets

Villiers Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1  
1
I. Adagio - Allegretto Seriouso
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
8:40
2
II. Allegretto Giocondo
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
3:23
3
III. Tempo di Marcia quasi Passacaglia
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
4:36
String Quartet No. 2  
4
I. Allegro risoluto
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
4:41
5
II. Molto adagio Molto legato
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
9:17
6
III. Allegro vivo
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
4:00
String Quartet No. 3  
7
I. Allegro marcato
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
6:17
8
II. Adagio sostenuto
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
6:37
9
III. Allegro Pressante
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
2:55
10
IV. Tempo di Marcia
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
6:33
String Quartet No. 4  
11
I. Allegro agitato
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
3:58
12
II. Poco lento
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
5:19
13
III. Tempo di Marcia
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
3:30
14
IV. Angoscioso
Robert Still; Villiers Quartet
6:38
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:24
"No praise can be too high for these sublimely articulated and concentrated readings ... admirable sound and balance too."
- Gramophone

"Four Stars ... reveals remarkable musical strength. Fine performances."
- BBC Music Magazine

"The Villiers Quartet has made these four string quartets their own ... their interpretation of the later ‘atonal’ works is masterly ... a must for all enthusiasts of British chamber music."
- MusicWeb International

The Villiers Quartet presents this highly-praised album of world premiere recordings of Robert Still’s four string quartets, vividly encapsulating his compositional career. The programme owes a considerable debt to the editorial expertise of James Dickenson, leader of the quartet, who prepared the performance material from the original scores.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

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