20th Century String Quartets
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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Nationality: English
Born: November 22, 1913, Lowestoft Died: December 4, 1976, Aldeburgh (age 63)

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
8:50 I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
3:01 II. Allegretto con slancio
10:27 III. Andante calmo
3:57 IV. Molto vivace
Duration: 27 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1941 (age 27-28)
Premiere: September 21, 1941. Los Angeles, CA. Occidental College. Coolidge Quartet
8 recordings, 32 videos
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8:19
Escher Quartet
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
3:00
Escher Quartet
II. Allegretto con slancio
10:27
Escher Quartet
III. Andante calmo
3:54
Escher Quartet
IV. Molto vivace
8:44
Alberni String Quartet
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
2:49
Alberni String Quartet
II. Allegretto con slancio
10:13
Alberni String Quartet
III. Andante calmo
3:56
Alberni String Quartet
IV. Molto vivace
9:12
Britten Quartet
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
2:59
Britten Quartet
II. Allegretto con slancio
12:05
Britten Quartet
III. Andante calmo
4:00
Britten Quartet
IV. Molto vivace
9:13
Maggini Quartet (score)
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
2:59
Maggini Quartet (score)
II. Allegretto con slancio
10:24
Maggini Quartet (score)
III. Andante calmo
4:00
Maggini Quartet (score)
IV. Molto vivace
8:48
Endellion String Quartet
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
3:00
Endellion String Quartet
II. Allegretto con slancio
10:06
Endellion String Quartet
III. Andante calmo
3:54
Endellion String Quartet
IV. Molto vivace
10:10
Maggini Quartet
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
3:19
Maggini Quartet
II. Allegretto con slancio
10:51
Maggini Quartet
III. Andante calmo
4:30
Maggini Quartet
IV. Molto vivace
7:11
Galimir String Quartet
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
3:08
Galimir String Quartet
II. Allegretto con slancio
7:39
Galimir String Quartet
III. Andante calmo
3:37
Galimir String Quartet
IV. Molto vivace
9:09
Brodsky String Quartet
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
2:58
Brodsky String Quartet
II. Allegretto con slancio
10:50
Brodsky String Quartet
III. Andante calmo
3:52
Brodsky String Quartet
IV. Molto vivace

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