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Bridge: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3 [CD]

The Maggini Quartet Audio CD
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  • Composer: Frank Bridge
  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000BX5K4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Listen  1. String Quartet in E minor, "Bologna": I. Adagio - Allegro appassionato 8:43Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet in E minor, "Bologna": II. Adagio molto 9:32Album Only
Listen  3. String Quartet in E minor, "Bologna": III. Allegretto grazioso - Animato 4:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet in E minor, "Bologna": IV. Allegro agitato - Allegro moderato - Adagio molto 6:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 3: I. Andante moderato - Allegro moderato11:57Album Only
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 3: II. Andante con moto 7:59Album Only
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 3: III. Allegro energico10:37Album Only


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CD Composer: Bridge,Frank

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two outstanding string quartets 23 Dec 2011
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Not so long ago, Frank Bridge was known only as Benjamin Britten's teacher and the composer of the theme on which Britten's famous variations are based. Now he is recognised as one of the most important and original of English composers of the first half of the 20th century.

In his early maturity, before the First World War, his style was romantic and warm but the harrowing effect of the war and musical developments on the European continent led to a more dissonant style.

The first string quartet (1906) is a marvellous piece, teeming with strong and memorable tunes and imbued with a passion which brings Franck's solitary quartet to my mind. In contrast to the intensity of the others, the third movement is a graceful, lilting allegretto grazioso. The quartet ends with a brief reprise of the opening theme, recalling Franck's cyclical form.

The third quartet (1926) is worlds away in its musical language. The thematic material is motivic and chromatic and the harmonies are pared down. There is a lightness of texture. Yet the more one gets to know the work, the more the old Bridge is there, especially the lyricism. There is something of the twilight quality found in the haunting orchestral "There is a Willow grows aslant a Brook", which he wrote only a year later. It is not an easy work to grasp on superficial acquaintance but it stands among his late masterpieces like the Piano Sonata, Oration, and the 4th string quartet.

The Maginni Quartet have done much to promote this music both on disc and at concerts and play with commitment and verve . They seem to have it in their blood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the contrasting faces of Frank Bridge 20 Feb 2010
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Frank Bridge's first string quartet (1906), written in one month to meet the submission deadline for a music competition, is an inventive and appealing minor chamber masterpiece. Bridge, who studied violin and viola, wrote adeptly for strings - in my opinion, his chamber music is far and away his best work. The first quartet, twenty-nine minutes in this performance by the outstanding Maggini Quartet, holds your interest from the opening bars, is filled with good ideas, and is serious without ever being heavy. In short, an immensely rewarding piece of music.

The less accessible third quartet, which dates from considerably later in Bridge's career (1925-6), reflects a different aspect of the composer. Here lyricism has largely been replaced by agitation and dissonance; the Great War had had its effect as too had the atonal style of the Second Viennese School. While the Third is quite different than one might expect from the composer of the lovely (and substantial) Phantasie Quartet, I think it's overstatement to say, as one biographer did, that "From the end of the war to the end of the 1930s, Bridge gradually pitched into a world of night music, sour fanfares, Gehennas of the psyche, despairing dreams, bitterly grim marches and negation." In fact, I recommend listening to the third and fourth quartets without any preconceived notions or programs in mind. There's much to appreciate here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and worthwhile 10 Aug 2012
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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For a relatively unsophisticated listener like myself, chamber music of any complexity is difficult to write about. One reports impressions rather than informed response. That said, I found these two Quartets by Frank Bridge (a teacher of Benjamin Britten) rewarding and engaging. Written approximately 20 years apart (1906 and 1925 respectively), they are distinct in musical language too, with the second perhaps being less immediately accessible. Even so, the earlier piece has plenty going on -- misterioso fragments, eruptive tuttis, viola cantilenas that are quite beautiful in both the opening and slow movements, with the balance of these elements being towards the more lyrical in the slow movement. The scherzo seems perhaps the most backward-looking movement, but sprightly and playful. The final movement recapitulates some of the feel of the first, even ending with the melancholy cello figure with which the first movement begins. The whole quartet is harmonically rich and obviously well thought-through. The viola has particularly rewarding parts to play, and the Maggini Quartet give the piece committedly. The same could be said of the more forbidding Third Quartet, a three movement work of approximately the same length as the first. The tonal language here is more modern -- the liner notes reference the work of Berg and Bartok as analogous -- but it held my attention and again seemed to be very well played. I wish I knew enough about how it's put together to say more about it. This stuff deserves to be heard more than it is.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Contrasts 6 Feb 2014
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These two quartets by Bridge couldn't be more different. While the first is in a lush late 19th century romantic vein with a beautiful slow movement, the third, which is truly a masterpiece, is very much in the style of Alban Berg.
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