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Mozart: A Tribute to Janet

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Françaix: Quartet for English horn, violin, viola and cello
II Andante Tranquillo

From Mozart: A Tribute to Janet (2017)

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Françaix: Quartet for English horn, violin, viola and cello – II Andante Tranquillo

A Tribute to Janet.

The Britten Oboe Quartet here makes its recording debut with a programme of its core repertory. It naturally includes the great Mozart Quartet K.370 and Britten’s own Phantasy op. 2, but also two pieces that have a special resonance for the distinguished oboist Nicholas Daniel, because they were commissioned and premiered by Janet Craxton (1929-81), his ‘beloved teacher’ and inspiration, and her London Oboe Quartet. Thus Oliver Knussen’s Cantata (1977) and the delightful Cor Anglais Quartet of Jean Françaix add further variety to a fascinating anthology that also features Nicholas Daniel’s own completion of Mozart’s elegiac fragment K580a.

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