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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Naxos Quartets Nos. 9 and 10 (Maggini Quartet)

Composer(s):Maxwell Davies, Peter
Artist(s) Maggini Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557400
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Peter Maxwell Davies is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, and is currently Master of the Queen’s Music. His musical idiom has been described by The New York Times as a combination of ‘medieval mysticism, modernist rigour and happy accessibility’. This fifth and final instalment of Maxwell Davies’s 10-quartet cycle commissioned by Naxos opens with Quartet No. 9, dedicated to Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, mathematician extraordinary, and sometime Lord Mayor of Manchester, both of which attributes have influenced the content of the work. The composer has written of Quartet No. 10, ‘in no way must this be a last quartet. I needed to leave the door open: I had enjoyed writing the Naxos so much, and perhaps even learned a thing or two, that more could, in theory, eventually flourish’.

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,September 2008

A record label commissioning ten string quartets was a unique event, and it has been rewarded by one of the most important cycles since the quartets of Bartók.

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