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Douglas Lilburn: String Chamber Music

Douglas Lilburn: String Chamber Music

This recording of Douglas Lilburn’s complete string chamber music celebrates the centenary of his birth, and is crowned by a world première recording of the Phantasy Quartet which won the Cobbett Prize at the Royal College of Music in 1939. On his return from studies in London to Christchurch in 1940 Lilburn embarked upon a prolific and varied period of creativity. This included the String Quartet in E minor, notable for its intense yet supple lyric power, the three Canzonettas, quasi-Elizabethan in tone as befits their tie to incidental music he wrote for Ngaio Marsh’s productions of Shakespeare’s plays in Christchurch, and the Schubert-influenced String Trio.


2015 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573079

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft


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Track Listing

 String Quartet in E Minor (1946)

i. Andante

ii. Allegretto 

iii. Allegro


Duos for 2 Violins (1954)

i. Andante con moto

ii. Allegro

iii. Andante

iv. Allegro

v. Lento

vi. Allegramente


String Trio (1945)

i. Allegro non troppo
ii. Allegretto
iii. Allegro


Canzonettas for Violin and Viola (1942/1943/1958)

i. Semplice

ii. Andante semplice



Phantasy for String Quartet* (1939)


* World premiere recording

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