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BAX: String Quartet No. 3 / Lyrical Interlude

BAX: String Quartet No. 3 / Lyrical Interlude

Composer(s):Bax, Arnold
Artist(s) Maggini Quartet, Ensemble • Jackson, Garfield, viola
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.555953
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Maggini Quartet’s series of British music recordings for Naxos goes from strength to strength and this Quartet represents Bax at his sharpest, with no meandering. The opening of the first movement sweeps the listener forward in a way that reminds one of Mendelssohn’s Octet, despite the far more modern idiom. The Lyrical Interlude is a re-working Bax made in 1922 of the slow movement of his String Quintet of 1908. It is a rather beautiful piece, like the Adagio ma non troppo from an even earlier quartet. The Magginis are masterly throughout, not just in the four substantial movements of the Quartet but in the two evocatively Irish-inspired movements written much earlier.

Review By Andrew Achenbach,Gramophone,January 2003

"Baxians have had to wait over two decades for a digital successor to the Amici Quartet's pioneering LP, so I'm delighted to report that the Maggini Quartet forge a well-paced and concentrated interpretation, playing with assurance, infectious rhythmic snap and heartwarming dedication. They are joined by violist Garfield Jackson for the haunting Lyrical Interlude from 1922 (a reworking of the slow movement from Bax's ambitious String Quintet of 1908), and there's another rarity in the shape of the lovely Adagio ma non troppo centrepiece from the 1903 String Quartet in F major that Bax orchestrated two years later as his first tone-poem, Cathaleen-ni-Hoolihan.



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