Britten: String Quartets
Britten: String Quartet No 2 in C major, Op 36: IV, Chacony (15:06)
The Takács Quartet has recorded much of the great Classical and Romantic repertoire during their fruitful career. Now they turn to masterpieces of the 20th century – Benjamin Britten’s three quartets. The first was written in America during World War II. The second was composed at the height of Britten’s fame after the premiere of Peter Grimes. It commemorates the 250th anniversary of Purcell’s death – a composer who was a lifetime inspiration to Britten – and the last movement is cast in the form of a huge chacony. The third quartet was written at the end of Britten’s life and refers specifically to his last opera, Death in Venice.