Northern Lights – modern British String Quartets

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Catalogue No: MSV 28507
EAN/UPC: 809730850721
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Release Date: January 2009
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 63:02
Sample: Judith Weir String Quartet - 1st movement (Serene) - opening

The three composers featured on this CD are in themselves leading lights of the contemporary music scene in the UK, and their works (of which these are first recordings) very fine examples of the modern string quartet, all extremely accessible.

Track Listing

    John Casken:

  1. I. String Quartet no. 2 – I – With piquant verve (5:10)
  2. II. String Quartet no. 2 – II – With jazzy obstinacy (3:15)
  3. III. String Quartet no. 2 – III – With haunted fascination (7:42)
  4. IV. String Quartet no. 2 – IV – With playful determination (5:13)
  5. Judith Weir:

  6. I. String Quartet – I – Serene (5:16)
  7. II. String Quartet – II – Con moto (5:11)
  8. III. String Quartet – III – Presto (2:45)
  9. Robert Saxton:

  10. I. Songs, Dances and Ellipses – I – Gently flowing, singing (5:06)
  11. II. Songs, Dances and Ellipses – II – Light, dancing (4:58)
  12. III. Songs, Dances and Ellipses – III – Still, calm, sustained (9:42)
  13. IV. Songs, Dances and Ellipses – IV – Subito molto piu mosso, vivo (2:44)
  14. V. Songs, Dances and Ellipses – V – dancing, quick (5:38)