MICHAEL TIPPETT (1905-1998): String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 3 & 5.
Catalogue Number: 11L076
Description: The other half of this series brings two more works saturated by Tippett's lifelong admiration of Beethoven: the Third (1945-6) with its three fugal and two lyrical movements was inspired by such combinations in Beethoven's late sonatas and quartets (but Bartók, recently heard, is also an influence here). The Fifth (1990-91) is in two movements and, in its alternation of slow, contemplative music and more animated, questing episodes, was probably modeled on Beethoven's Op. 132 with its Hymn of Thanksgiving slow movement. Tippett Quartet.