[ Naxos / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 27 November 2015
Alfred Hill was the leading Australian-born composer of the Late Romantic era. During his studies in Leipzig from 1887 to 1891, he encountered luminaries such as Brahms, Dvořak, Tchaikovsky and Strauss.
His 17 String Quartets, the first significant examples of the genre from Australasia, are beautifully crafted works which draw on the legacy of European chamber music. With their Schubert-like melodies and rhythms, the outer movements of String Quartet No.15 frame a pair of harmonically more adventurous movements, No.16 'Celtic' includes a setting of a 17th-century Irish song followed by an Irish Jig, while the poignant No.17 concludes with a brief quotation from Dvořak's 'New World Symphony'.
This is the final volume of the Dominion Quartet's acclaimed recordings of the complete Alfred Hill String Quartets..
"The final three [quartets], all apparently receiving their first recording, date from the late 1930s - but you wouldn't know it from Hill's writing, which displays his reverence for the northern hemisphere's past masters of the form, especially Schubert and Dvořák. All are finely crafted and worth hearing." (The Guardian)
String Quartet No. 15 in A minor
String Quartet No. 16 in B flat major 'Celtic'
String Quartet No. 17 in C major