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30 May 2024
William Henry Reed: String Quartets

Cirrus String Quartet

WH ‘Billy’ Reed (1876-1942) was Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra between 1912 and 1935. He was also a close friend of Sir Edward Elgar and a superb composer in his own right. Hardly any of his compositions have been recorded and in this release you will hear the music of a superb craftsman, rich in melodic and harmonic invention, with a real English voice. This CD, containing the 4th and 5th String Quartets and the two movement Légende, will provide well over an hour’s delightful listening performed by the Cirrus String Quartet, recorded in the fine and warm acoustic of The Space at the Pamoja Hall, The Space, Sevenoaks.


William Henry Reed: String Quartet No. 4 in C major

I. Allegro moderato

II. Ritornello. Lento ma non troppo

III. Allegretto (tranquillamente) - Presto

IV. Adagio con espressione - Allegro moderato

William Henry Reed: Légende

I. Andante con moto - Tempo di Valse Lente (non troppo Allegro)

II. Allegro (moderato)

William Henry Reed: String Quartet No. 5 in A minor

I. Allegro con brio

II. Vivace ma non troppo Presto

III. Adagio (Quasi recitativo)

IV. Finale. Andante misterioso - Allegro moderato

Recorded in The Pamoja Hall, The Space, Sevenoaks School, Kent, England on 16th-18th February 2022
Design: Hannah Whale, Fruition Creative Concepts
Recording Engineer: Tony Faulkner
Recording Producer: Mike Purton
Total Time: 67:20
Release Date: October 2022

Cirrus String QuartetThe members of the Cirrus String Quartet are all leading solo and chamber music performers, and between them, they have worked with most of the top chamber orchestras in Great Britain.

Amongst their CD recordings are music for strings and wind by Mozart, a CD of string quintets by Mozart and Schubert and Tchaikovsky’s sextet ‘Souvenir de Florence’ and, most recently, the two quartets of Leoš Janáček.

Cirrus has been recorded by BBC radio, appeared on ITV, and performed at the Wigmore Hall.

MPR114     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690254

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