Walton: Quartet in A; Shostakovich: Quartet no. 3 / Albion Quartet

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Following their successful Dvořák cycle with Signum Records, Albion String Quartet are back with a selection of string quartets by Walton and Shostakovich, recorded in 2021. The concept: to juxtapose two masterpieces written in the same year in the immediate aftermath of war (1946) by composers inhabiting two entirely different social and political worlds in the Soviet Union and Britain respectively.

Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet brings together four of the UK’s exceptional young string players who are establishing themselves rapidly on the international stage. Recent engagements from the 2017-18 season included performances at the Louvre in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Robert Schumann Gesselschaft in Frankfurt, Båstad Festival in Sweden, Festival of Music in Franconia and Rhine Valley Music Festival in Germany, as well as the Hay Festival in the UK. The members of the quartet play on a fine collection of instruments, including a Stradivarius and Guarnerius.


Founded in 2016 and led by Tamsin Waley-Cohen, the Albion Quartet pace, phrase, point and color Walton’s volatile textures and agile rhythms with all the sensitivity and energy they require. Yet they are equally successful in the fiercer, more unpredictable contrasts in the Shostakovich, all the way from the deadpan perkiness of the opening to the searing outburst in the middle of the finale that sounds like some hysterical lament for the fallen.

-- BBC Music Magazine

Product Description:

  • Release Date: November 04, 2022

  • Catalog Number: SIGCD727

  • UPC: 635212072721

  • Label: Signum Classics

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich, William Walton

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Albion Quartet


  1. String Quartet in A Minor

    Composer: William Walton

    Ensemble: Albion Quartet

  2. String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73

    Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Ensemble: Albion Quartet