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Picked up BIS' Britten SQ's on sale last night...ouch!!

Painfully grainy and up-front sound, especially in louder sections. Oh well.

I'm glad I got around to exploring Britten's chamber music, especially the Cello Suites which I believe to be extremely expressive and imaginative.

The first and third SQ's are equally interesting: often fantastic color and interesting musical ideas, some of which are quite haunting, such as the opening of the 1st Quartet.

Like many, I started with Britten's Young Person's Guide and the Four Interludes from Peter Grimes, then Peter Grimes complete. I had a hard time with the other operas and unfortunately gave up on Britten for years, until hearing his first Cello Suite on the radio just recently which rekindled my interest in the composer.

I look forward to checking out another recording of the SQ's soon, but hopefully one with a little more "glow" and air!

As for recent recordings of the Cello Suite 1, I prefer Gerhardt's on Hyperion for combination of expression, incisiveness, and recorded sound.

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Topic - Picked up BIS' Britten SQ's on sale last night...ouch!! - jdaniel@jps.net 07:56:36 06/28/17 (12)


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