» » Richard Arnell, The Tippett Quartet - String Quartets Nos. 1 - 5

Richard Arnell, The Tippett Quartet - String Quartets Nos. 1 - 5 download mp3

Richard Arnell, The Tippett Quartet - String Quartets Nos. 1 - 5 download mp3
String Quartets Nos. 1 - 5
Modern, Romantic
MP3 album size:
1960 mb
Other formats:
4.5 ✪

Richard Arnell, The Tippett Quartet ‎– String Quartets Nos. 1 - 5. Label: Dutton Epoch ‎– CDLX 7268. String Quartet N., O. 1 In E flat Major (1945). 5. i. Allegro Vivace.

String Quartet n. o. 1 in E flat major (1945) i. 1 in E flat major (1945) ii. Lento non troppo. In recent years, and towards the end of his long life, Dutton Epoch has created gramophone history by issuing an extensive series of premiere recordings of the music of British composer Richard Arnell (1917-2009), including his seven symphonies, several concertos and ballets, other orchestral works and a CD of his chamber music.

Among the first to disappear might be the string quartets, for fine as the Tippett Quartet's performances of these three works are, on what is the first of two instalments of a complete survey, there's the feeling of constant strain and awkwardness about the music.

I cannot resist posting more Arnell, and I still have several discs to go, happily for those who visit. Here we have five of his String Quartets (he completed a 6th, but I don't think it has ever been recorded). It took me a few listens initially to really appreciate them all; it was clear from the beginning that each quartet is superbly crafted-and as is always the case with Arnell, there is an abundance of ideas throughout.

Album title: Tippett. Composer(s): Michael Tippett. Works: String Quartets Nos 1-5. Performer: Heath Quartet. The Heath Quartet enters a sparse field with this live recording of all five quartets, taken from Wigmore Hall concerts in late 2013 and early 2014 – which were, judging from the lavish amounts of applause, very well received. Yet there is plenty to recommend the Heath version, which is infused with the energy of live performance. The early works have an unflagging momentum, and the slow movements glow, not least.

The Lindsay Quartet have set a high standard of Tippett interpretation, with that special authority that stems from working on the music with the composer. To this extent my response to the Britten Quartet recordings echoes my feelings about their recordings of Britten's Second and Third Quartets (12/90). The sound is similar too: spacious, but of analytical brightness. The Lindsay have a more natural ambience, and this fits the spirit of their playing to perfection. There is great music here: the Second and Third Quartets are essential documents in the history of twentieth-century chamber music, and marvellously complementary in form and character

All materials are provided for educational purposes.


String Quartet No.1, Op.4
1 Allegro Vivace 9:01
String Quartet No.2, Op.14
2 i. Allegro 3:58
3 ii. Andante Con Moto 4:37
4 ii. Presto Con Fuoco 4:41
String Quartet No.3, Op.41 In E flat Major
5 i. Allegro Vivace 7:39
6 ii. Lento Non Troppo 6:37
7 iii. Poco Presto 4:12
String Quartet No.4, Op.62
8 Allegro 9:49
String Quartet No.5, Op.99
9 i. Allegro Maestoso 1:37
10 ii. Canon On Four Subjects With Ground 2:24
11 iii. 3:15
12 iv. Solo 1:46
13 v. Duo 0:43
14 vi. Trio 0:48
15 vii. Quartet Finale 3:34

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Dutton Epoch
  • Copyright (c) – Dutton Epoch


  • Cello – Bozidar Vukotic
  • Composed By – Richard Arnell
  • Ensemble – The Tippett Quartet*
  • Viola – Julia O' Riordan*
  • Violin – Jeremy Issac*, John Mills


Recorded: St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, 6, 10 & 13 May 2010
World premiere recordings

℗ & © 2011 Dutton Epoch

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 765387726829
  • Rights Society: MCPS