[ Signum / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 14 February 2020
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Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet unites four outstanding young string players, brought together by a shared belief in the visceral power of the string quartet.
The upcoming season sees the quartet returning to the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh Festival, as well as continuing residencies at Sainte-Mère Festival in France and RWCMD in Cardiff. They will be making a number of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, whilst continuing their recording projects for Signum Records, for whom they are exclusive artists.
Performances in the 2019-20 season include their US debut at the Phillips Collection in Washington, alongside appearances at several festivals including the Oxford Lieder, Stratford International, Belfast International, Cheltenham, Presteigne and Lichfield and participating in Beethoven cycles in the UK and Portugal.
Here the quartet continue their Dvořák series on Signum with spectacular renditions of his 8th and 10th quartets.
"The playing, by the excellent Albion, is masterly in its vividness, freedom and sensitivity." Sunday Times
"Take the opening movement of Opus 80, for example, with its reliance on fugal techniques, which are articulated with thoughtful clarity by the Albion players, whose attention to details of dynamics are exemplary here, aided by the warm acoustic of the Britten Studio at Snape" MusicWeb
String Quartet No. 8 in E Major, Op. 88
String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 51 (B92)