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New in the KUCI Classical Library - Emerson String Quartet -  Chacconnes and Fantasias - Music of Britten and Purcell   - (Decca Gold) 

As if to provide context for the performances of Benjamin Britten's Sting Quartets # 2 in C Major and # 3 in G Major, this disc brackets  them with five short pieces by Great Britain's  most renowned baroque composer Henry Purcell, one arranged by Britten.  While the Britten pieces are relentlessly modern with strong atonal elements and twentieth century moodiness, their juxtaposition against the earlier pieces demonstrates a through line composed of formal elegance that bespeaks an intimate awareness of deepest thoughts and feelings in the English idiom. 

READ THE REVIEW by: Hobart Taylor