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Frederick Delius, String Quartet (original 1916 version)
Alan Bush, Dialectic
Peter Racine Fricker, String Quartet No. 2
Andrew Waggoner, Every Sentient Being
The Villiers Quartet have released several highly-acclaimed CDs on Naxos, most recently a recording released in May 2017 of the Delius String Quartet (original and revised versions) and the Elgar String Quartet. They are quickly establishing a reputation as champions of 20th-21st century British (and American) music. This concert in Duke's Baldwin Auditorium, part of their 2017 North American tour, features a wonderful balance of the lushly romantic Delius (in its original 1916 version), the lyrical poise of American composer/violinist Andrew Waggoner's recent score Every Sentient Being, and unusual British pieces from the 1920s (Bush's Dialectic) and 1950s (Fricker's Quartet No. 2).
The Villiers are currently Quartet-in-Residence at Oxford University. The Strad hailed them as among the most charismatic and "adventurous" players on the scene.
The public is invited to attend a pre-concert talk given by Daniel Grimley (Merton College, Oxford) at 7 pm in the Library Seminar Room, Biddle Music Building (adjacent to Baldwin Auditorium).
Friday, November 3, 8:00 pm
Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University
Free admission. Info: 919-660-3333 or http://music.duke.edu