MICHAEL TIPPETT (1905-1998): String Quartets Nos. 1-4.
Catalogue Number: 05N058
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Drawing particular inspiration from Beethoven, Tippett’s quartets display a rigorous intellectual logic and stylistic features that bear the hallmarks of Beethoven’s late style. In Nos. 2 and 3, for example, Tippett places particular prominence on fugal writing, Nos. 1 and 2 display hints of sonata form, while No. 4, much more dissonant than its fellows, is in four movements without a break. Yet despite Tippett’s sources of inspiration, these works are also testament to his fundamentally innovative approach to composition, heard in the complex and intricate combinations of rhythms, structural experimentation and assured manipulation of string sonorities. 2 CDs. Britten Quartet. Original 1991 Collins Classics release.