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ALWYN / BAX / BERKELEY / BRITTEN / MOERAN / RAWSTHORNE / etc
British String Quartets
Maggini Quartet, with David Campbell (clarinet), Peter Donohoe (piano)

[ Naxos / 20 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Wednesday 4 December 2019

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The string quartet is at the very heart of 20th-century British music, encompassing some of the quintessential works of the chamber music repertory. This compendium features fine examples of the genre, revealing the precocious talents of Benjamin Britten and John Ireland, the quicksilver craftsmanship of Frank Bridge and Alan Rawsthorne, the captured sunshine of Edward Elgars writing and the evocative pastoral renderings of Arthur Bliss and Arnold Bax. Although the musical styles of each of the composers featured in this collection are unique, their contributions are unified by an innate understanding and mastery of the string quartet form.

"Another British string quartet rarity from the Maggini Quartet. Fine performances of two superbly confident chamber works."
- Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine (January 2002) [on the Bax]

"Rawsthorne fans will definitely want this disc and those of you interested in 20th century modernism in music might want to try this as well"
(MusicWeb Dec 2006) [on the Rawthorne]

"The emotions come across strongly, though without sacrificing either Bridge's subtlety or his intellectual strength. Bridge remains an introvert, but it's still extraordinary how much of his complex musical personality the Maggini persuades him to reveal in these highly recommendable performances." BBC Music Five Stars [on the Bridge]

"With Peter Donohoe a powerful and incisive presence, and the Maggini Quartet again playing most persuasively, the early Piano Quartet is also given a performance of high contrasts, enhanced by a refined recording which conveys genuine pianissimos that are free from highlighting." Gramophone [on the Walton]

"The Magginis are most accurate and cogent guides, realistically recorded within the sympathetic acoustic of Potton Hall in Suffolk. A most rewarding coupling." Gramophone [on the Maxwell Davies 1 & 2]

Tracks:

Alwyn: Novelette
Alwyn: String Quartet No. 1 in D minor
Alwyn: String Quartet No. 2 (Spring Waters) (c. 1978)
Alwyn: String Quartet No. 3 (c. 1985)

Arnold: Phantasy for String Quartet "Vita Abundans" (1941)
Arnold: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 23
Arnold: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 118

Bax: Lyrical Interlude for string quintet
Bax: String Quartet No. 1 in G major
Bax: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor
Bax: String Quartet No. 3 in F major
Bax: Adagio ma non troppo 'Cathaleen-ni-Hoolihan', from String Quartet in E major

Berkeley, L: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 6 (1935)
Berkeley, L: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15
Berkeley, L: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 76 (1970)

Bliss: Clarinet Quintet
Bliss: Conversations for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello
Bliss: String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major
Bliss: String Quartet No. 2 in F minor
Bliss: String Quartet in A major

Bridge: An Irish Melody, "Londonderry Air"
Bridge: Three Idylls
Bridge: Novelletten
Bridge: Phantasy in F sharp minor for piano quartet
Bridge: Phantasie in F minor for string quartet
Bridge: Three Pieces
Bridge: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'Bologna'
Bridge: String Quartet No. 2 in G minor
Bridge: String Quartet No. 3
Bridge: String Quartet No. 4

Britten: Alla Marcia
Britten: Three Divertimenti
Britten: Quartettino
Britten: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25
Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36
Britten: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op. 4

Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84
Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83

Ireland: String Quartet No. 1 in D minor
Ireland: String Quartet No. 2 in C minor
Ireland: The Holy Boy

Moeran: String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major
Moeran: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor
Moeran: String Trio in G major (1931), R.59

Rawsthorne, A: String Quartet No. 1 'Theme & Variations'
Rawsthorne, A: String Quartet No. 2
Rawsthorne, A: String Quartet No. 3
Rawsthorne, A: Theme and Variations for Two Violins

Rubbra: Amoretti
Rubbra: Ave Maria Gratia Plena
Rubbra: Piano Trio in One Movement op.68
Rubbra: String Quartet No.1 in F minor op.35
Rubbra: String Quartet No.2 in E flat op.73
Rubbra: String Quartet No.3 op.112
Rubbra: String Quartet No.4 op.150

Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet
Vaughan Williams: String Quartet No. 1 in G minor
Vaughan Williams: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor

Walton: Piano Quartet
Walton: String Quartet in A Minor