Simon Bainbridge: Chamber Music

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Catalogue No: TOCC0573
EAN/UPC: 5060113445735
Release Date: 2021-02-05
Composer: Simon Bainbridge
Artists: Kreutzer Quartet, Linda Merrick

The composing career of Simon Bainbridge (born in London in 1952) is spanned by the four chamber works in this album, all of them cast as single narrative spans. The First String Quartet, written when its composer was not yet twenty, blends lyricism and pointillism, rather as if it were recasting abstract poetry in sound; and the recent Second offers a kaleidoscopic tableau of colour and nervous energy inspired by visual art. In his Cheltenham Fragments, as the title suggests, Bainbridge uses mosaic technique to build up textures and thematic outlines. And the long lines of the virtuosic Clarinet Quintet generate fleetfooted whirlwinds as they unfold. Linda Merrick and the Kreutzer Quartet worked closely with the composer on the preparation of these recordings.

Linda Merrick (Clarinet)
Kreutzer Quartet
Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin
Mihailo Trandafilovski, violin
Clifton Harrison, viola
Neil Heyde, cello

Listen To This Recording:

  1. String Quartet No. 1 (1972)
  2. Clarinet Quintet (1993)
  3. Cheltenham Fragments (2004)
  4. String Quartet No. 2 (2014–16)



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