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Cyril Rootham: String Quintet in D major Op.27 (1908)

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Published on Jul 4, 2017

Cyril Bradley Rootham (1875-1938) was director of music at St John's College Cambridge from 1901 until his early death in 1938. Rootham was also conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society, and a Lecturer in Music at the University. His composition pupils included Arthur Bliss and Armstrong Gibbs.

Although better known for his choral works and his two symphonies, Rootham also wrote much chamber music. This Op.27 (his only string quintet) is a fine example.

Cyril Rootham: String Quintet in D major (Op.27)
Date composed: 1908
Dedication: "To F. St.John Bullen"

Ensemble: London City Quartet (augmented)
Recording venue: Community Music Centre at Christ's School, Richmond (UK)
Recording date: 2017-04-11
Project manager: James Hall
Recording engineer: Joseph Olney

I Allegretto
II Intermezzo: scherzando (starts 10:42)
III Adagio e largamente (starts 13:57)
IV Allegretto e leggiero (starts 22:10)

Image artist: diversepixel on shutterstock.com

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