HELEN PERKIN (Pianoforte)
THE STRATTON STRING QUARTET:
GEORGE STRATTON (Violin); WILLIAM MANUEL (Violin); LAWRENCE LEONARD (Viola);
JOHN MOORE (Violoncello)
THE third and last, of Brahms' string quartets appeared in 1876, his forty-fourth year. For the most part lighthearted in mood, it has moments of real merriment alongside of its melodious beauty; the themo of the last movement, especially, is sheer boyish fun. But all through, the music can speak very well for itself ; one thing in particular which the attentive listener will hear, is that the viola is again and again given very effective prominence.
ERNEST JOHN MOERAN began to compose already during his schooldays at Upping-ham, where music has always been enthusiastically cultivated. Like many others of the youngor generation of English composers, his original work goes hand-in-hand with an enthusiasm for native folk music; that of Norfolk, where a good part of his life has been spent has always attracted him specially, as listeners have already had opportunities of hearing for themselves in his 'Norfolk Rhapsodies' and other works.
He has himself collected a number of Norfolk folk tunes for the Folk Song Society, and if the themes in this String Quartet are not in themelves actual melodies of the land, they have something of the direct simplicity and something of the real. expressiveness of folk song.
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