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WALTON: String Quartet / Piano Quartet

Composer(s):Walton, William
Artist(s) Maggini Quartet, Ensemble • Donohoe, Peter, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.554646
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The young players of the Maggini Quartet—who earlier recorded Elgar Naxos—give performances both refined and powerful of both works. The opening of the 1947 String Quartet is presented in hushed intimacy, making the contrast all the greater when Walton’s richly lyrical writing emerges in full power. There is a tender, wistful quality here, which culminates in a rapt, intense account of the slow movement, with the world of late Beethoven much closer the most interpreters have appreciated. The poignancy of those two longer movements is then set against the clean bite of the second movement Scherzo and the brief hectic finale, with textures clear and transparent. With Peter Donohoe a powerful, incisive pianist, the early Piano Quartet is also given a



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