Tippett String Quartets

Heath Quartet

  • Total Time: 128 minutes
  • Cat. Number: WHLIVE0080/2
  • Recorded: 3 December 2013, 17 January, 16 March and 26 April 2014
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  • Heath Quartet
  • Oliver Heath violin
  • Cerys Jones violin
  • Gary Pomeroy viola
  • Christopher Murray cello

Sir Michael Tippett’s complete String Quartets are given fresh perspectives by the vibrant and adventurous Heath Quartet. The first ensemble in 10 years to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award, the Heaths bring irresistible energy to these works.

From Quartet No. 1, premièred in what was the first professional performance of the composer’s music, and Quartet No. 3, written during the Second World War whilst Tippett, a committed pacifist, faced a prison sentence, to his landmark fifth and final quartet, Tippett’s stirring and powerfully individual writing is recorded in the intimate acoustic of Wigmore Hall.

Track Listing

Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)

String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet No. 4
String Quartet No. 5