SWAN HENNESSY (1866-1929): Complete String Quartets - No. 1 (Suite), Op. 46, No. 2, Op. 49, No. 3, Op. 61 and No. 4, Op. 75, Sérénade, Op. 65, Petit trio celtique, Op. 52.
Catalogue Number: 05U008
Label: RTÉ Lyric fm
Reference: RTECD 159
Description: Here’s a fascinating excavation: Born in Rockford, Illinois to an Irish father, Hennessy studied at Oxford and in Stuttgart and settled in Paris in 1903. These quartets - between 14 and 18 minutes in length and written during the period 1912-28 - have two major influences: Irish (and Breton) folk music and French Impresssionism. A heady and tasty mixture of pretty rare ingredients! RTÉ Contempo Quartet.