Delius & Smyth: String Quartets – new recording (Naxos 8.574376)

The Villiers Quartet

Delius wrote the early String Quartet in 1888 but it was rejected for performance and he was later to reuse the Scherzo for his mature Quartet of 1916–19. In 2018 the score of the two opening movements of the 1888 Quartet, long assumed lost, reappeared at auction and have been edited and reunited with the final two in this premiere recording, which adds significantly to our understanding of Delius’s early compositional directions.

Ethel Smyth
String Quartet in E Minor

Frederick Delius
String Quartet in C Minor (reconstructed by D.M. Grimley)

Catalogue No: 8.574376
Release Date: 10/2022

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