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String Quartet

Benjamin Britten – Early Chamber Music

The Gabrieli String Quartet

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1. Temporal Variations (1936) 13:49
For Oboe and Piano (1936)
2. Phantasy in F minor 11:40
For String Quintet (1932)*
3. Alla Marcia (1933) 2:53
4-6. Thee Divertimenti (1936) 10:14
7-8. Two Insect Pieces (1935) 5:10
9. Phantasy Quartet Op. 2 13:41
For Oboe and Strings (1932)

Total duration:        57:48

DEREK WICKENS  oboe
JOHN CONSTABLE piano
(Kenneth Silito & Brendan O;Reilly violins, Ian Jewel viola, Keith Harvey cello)
*Kenneth Essex second viola

Side note
The posthumous publication and present recording of these works for string quartet, string quintet and oboe and piano offer exceptional insight into Britten’s early development, while the works themselves substantially and fascinatingly extend the range of his chamber music.