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Cecilia String Quartet close the 'Georgian Music Concert Series' / The Barrie Examiner

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At Grace United Church on Sunday afternoon, Georgian Music's concert series wound up the season with works by Britten, Schubert and Frank. A frequent visitor to Barrie is the Cecilia String Quartet, whose members delighted the audience with their fine playing. The opening number was a reading of Benjamin Britten's arrangement of the Chacony for String Quartet by his English compatriot, Henry Purcell who preceded him by some 300 years.

The quartet's delicate approach to the theme and variation form of Purcell's creation had the effect of adhering to the concept of Baroque style. This seems appropriate as Britten himself stays faithful to Purcell's notes and refrains from introducing harmonies and idioms from modern times. For the first time since Barrie's chamber music seasons began, Franz Schubert's stunning Death and the Maiden appeared on a program. This work was written just a few years before his early death at the age of 31.

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