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listen  1. String Quartet in E minor, "Bologna": I. Adagio - Allegro appassionato 8:43Album Only
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listen  4. String Quartet in E minor, "Bologna": IV. Allegro agitato - Allegro moderato - Adagio molto 6:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet No. 3: I. Andante moderato - Allegro moderato11:57Album Only
listen  6. String Quartet No. 3: II. Andante con moto 7:59Album Only
listen  7. String Quartet No. 3: III. Allegro energico10:37Album Only

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  • Performer: Maggini Quartet
  • Composer: Frank Bridge
  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000BX5K4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jsa on February 20, 2010
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Frank Bridge's first string quartet (1906), written in one month to meet the submission deadline for a music competition, is an inventive and appealing minor chamber masterpiece. Bridge, who studied violin and viola, wrote adeptly for strings - in my opinion, his chamber music is far and away his best work. The first quartet, twenty-nine minutes in this performance by the outstanding Maggini Quartet, holds your interest from the opening bars, is filled with good ideas, and is serious without ever being heavy. In short, an immensely rewarding piece of music.

The less accessible third quartet, which dates from considerably later in Bridge's career (1925-6), reflects a different aspect of the composer. Here lyricism has largely been replaced by agitation and dissonance; the Great War had had its effect as too had the atonal style of the Second Viennese School. While the Third is quite different than one might expect from the composer of the lovely (and substantial) Phantasie Quartet, I think it's overstatement to say, as one biographer did, that "From the end of the war to the end of the 1930s, Bridge gradually pitched into a world of night music, sour fanfares, Gehennas of the psyche, despairing dreams, bitterly grim marches and negation." In fact, I recommend listening to the third and fourth quartets without any preconceived notions or programs in mind. There's much to appreciate here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on August 9, 2012
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For a relatively unsophisticated listener like myself, chamber music of any complexity is difficult to write about. One reports impressions rather than informed response. That said, I found these two Quartets by Frank Bridge (a teacher of Benjamin Britten) rewarding and engaging. Written approximately 20 years apart (1906 and 1925 respectively), they are distinct in musical language too, with the second perhaps being less immediately accessible. Even so, the earlier piece has plenty going on -- misterioso fragments, eruptive tuttis, viola cantilenas that are quite beautiful in both the opening and slow movements, with the balance of these elements being towards the more lyrical in the slow movement. The scherzo seems perhaps the most backward-looking movement, but sprightly and playful. The final movement recapitulates some of the feel of the first, even ending with the melancholy cello figure with which the first movement begins. The whole quartet is harmonically rich and obviously well thought-through. The viola has particularly rewarding parts to play, and the Maggini Quartet give the piece committedly. The same could be said of the more forbidding Third Quartet, a three movement work of approximately the same length as the first. The tonal language here is more modern -- the liner notes reference the work of Berg and Bartok as analogous -- but it held my attention and again seemed to be very well played. I wish I knew enough about how it's put together to say more about it. This stuff deserves to be heard more than it is.
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By BDW on February 6, 2014
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These two quartets by Bridge couldn't be more different. While the first is in a lush late 19th century romantic vein with a beautiful slow movement, the third, which is truly a masterpiece, is very much in the style of Alban Berg.
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