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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Naxos Quartets Nos. 7 and 8 (Maggini Quartet)

Composer(s):Maxwell Davies, Peter
Artist(s) Maggini Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557399
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Peter Maxwell Davies is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, and is currently Master of the Queen’s Music. Plainchant, musical tradition and the haunting landscape of his adopted Orkney Islands all serve as inspiration to Maxwell Davies’ extraordinary and fecund imagination. This is the fourth release in a series of ten quartets commissioned by Naxos. Naxos Quartet No. 7 is a tribute to the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini. Its intense and brooding seven movements are contrasted by the bright and airy single-movement Quartet No. 8, based on John Dowland’s Queen Elizabeth’s Galliard, and dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Naxos Quartets Nos. 5 and 6 (Maggini Quartet) 8.557398
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Naxos Quartets Nos. 7 and 8 (Maggini Quartet) 8.557399


Review By Lawson Taitte,The Dallas Morning News,July 2007

Grade: A-

CHALLENGE: For the fourth of the five sets of quartets commissioned by the record label, British composer Peter Maxwell Davies has given us a toughie. The seventh of the 10 quartets is made up of seven slow movements – several quite long and all containing a quota of dissonance. The music was inspired by Renaissance architect Francesco Borromini's Roman churches, but even an Italian tour isn't going to get you very far into the music. You just have to listen, a lot.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2007

The Fourth is the most extensive of Peter Maxwell Davies's newly commissioned series of quartets, its length exceeding fifty minutes and is cast in seven slow movements. The inspiration came from the 17th century architect, Francesco Borromini, whose buildings still play an important part of present day Rome. Davies had become fascinated by the structures while a student in Italy during the 1950's, and it was a visit to the city in 2005 that rekindled his fascination. Each movement is a picture not only of the seven different buildings, but views Borromini's ability to provide the illusion of huge areas in very small spaces created by the skilful use of angles and decoration. The sheer awe of the interiors has created timeless spans of music, mostly quiet and sometimes



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