ARNOLD BAX (1883-1953): String Quartet in E (transcr. Graham Parlett, performing edition by Martin Yates), GRANVILLE BANTOCK (1868-1946): String Quartet “In a Chinese Mirror”, HENRY BALFOUR GARDINER (1877-1950): String Quartet in B Flat, JOHN DAVID DAVIS (1867-1942): Summer’s Eve at Cookham Lock: Idyl, Op. 50, EVAN THOMAS DAVIES (1878-1969): Eos Lais (The Nightingale) (World Premiere Recordings except 2nd movement of the Bax quartet).
Catalogue Number: 12X004
Reference: CDLX 7389
Description: The Bax dates from 1903 and comes with plenty of Dvorákian echoes and its second movement was orchestrated as the tone poem Cathleen—ni-Houlihan. Bantock’s 1933 quartet consists of literal translations of Chinese songs to the string medium while Gardiner (1905) follows the four-movements-in-one model of the Cobbett competition days - a mere ten minutes in this piece. Tippett Quartet.