Arnold Cooke: Complete String Quartets, Volume One


Catalogue No: TOCC0696
EAN/UPC: 5060113446961
Release Date: 04.08.2023
Composer: Arnold Cooke
Artists: The Bridge Quartet

The music of the Yorkshire-born Arnold Cooke (1906–2005) – solidly constructed, inventively contrapuntal, lyrical and energetic in turns – does not deserve the neglect it suffered even in its composer’s lifetime. This first album, of two presenting all five of Cooke’s string quartets, underlines his reputation for resourceful craftsmanship, presented in a style which sits downstream from Paul Hindemith, with whom he studied in Berlin, and from Béla Bartók.

The Bridge Quartet
Colin Twigg and Catherine Schofield, violins
Michael Schofield, viola
Lucy Wilding, cello

Listen To This Recording:

String Quartet No. 3 (1967) (21:46)

  1. I. Allegro energico (4:57)
  2. II. Andante (7:44)
  3. III. Scherzo: Molto allegro (3:16)
  4. IV. Allegro vivace (5:49)

String Quartet No. 5 (1978) (9:13)

  1. Moderato– (3:40)
  2. Allegro– (4:12)
  3. Presto (1:21)

String Quartet No. 1 (1933) (25:04)

  1. I. Fuga: Lento non troppo (8:04)
  2. II. Scherzo: Vivace (5:18)
  3. III. Intermezzo: Allegretto (5:27)
  4. IV. Finale: Presto (6:15)

All First Recordings


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