Britten String Quartets


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Andrew McGregor presents the first of three concerts featuring the Britten String Quartets paired with chamber music by composers Britten admired. Recorded earlier today in the Britten Studio in Snape Maltings with the acclaimed Benyounes Quartet, winners of the Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest last year. They perform Britten's second Quartet and Purcell Fantasias, with the second Cello Suite, played by Philip Higham.

Philip Higham, cello

Purcell: Fantasias (selection)

Britten: Suite No 2 for Cello, Op 80

Britten: String Quartet No 2, Op 36.

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Andrew McGregor presents the second of three concerts pairing the Britten Quartets with chamber music by composers Britten loved and admired. Recorded this evening at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Kuss Quartet play the extraordinary final string quartets of Schubert and Britten.

Schubert: String Quartet in G major, D 887

Britten: String Quartet No 3, Op 94

Britten's 3 Divertimenti, String Quartet No 1 and Shostakovich Piano Quintet, live tomorrow at 11.00 am.

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The final concert pairing the Britten Quartets with chamber music by composers he admired features works from the 1930s and 40s: Britten's 3 Divertimenti and Quartet No. 1 and Shostakovich's Piano Quintet. Presented live from Snape Maltings Concert Hall by Andrew McGregor.

In the interval, at about 11.40am, Suzy Klein talks composer Colin Matthews.

Britten: Three Divertimenti

Britten: String Quartet No 1 in D major, Op 25

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op 57

Ensemble 360

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, violin

Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola

Gemma Rosefield, cello

Tim Horton, piano.