Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Naxos: 8557396

Prices shown exclude VAT. (UK tax is not payable for deliveries to United States.)
See Terms & Conditions for p&p rates.
Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2004

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8557396
(8.557396)

Discs:

1

Release date:

4th Oct 2004

Barcode:

0747313239627

Length:

72 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
| Share

Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Davies, Maxwell:

Naxos Quartet No. 1

Naxos Quartet No. 2


CD

$8.75

(also available to download from $7.00)

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Peter Maxwell Davies: Naxos Quartet No. 1

I. Adagio - Allegro

II. Largo

III. Allegro molto

Peter Maxwell Davies: Naxos Quartet No. 2

I. Lento - Allegro

II. Lento flessibile

III. Allegro

IV. Lento flessibile

Gramophone Magazine

“The Magginis are most accurate and cogent guides”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“This first instalment of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's ambitious series of 10 Naxos Quartets indicates that it's shaping up to be quite a journey.
The septuagenarian composer rises superbly to the technical challenges of the medium. The first two movements of the First Quartet evince a formal strength, expressive scope and thematic ingenuity that launch the cycle in sure-footed fashion; both attain a dramatic and emotional resolution in some arresting unison writing.
The compact concluding scherzo could hardly provide a bolder contrast; its ghostly, Will-'othe- wisp dialogue will re-emerge in the Third Quartet.
There are four movements in the Second Quartet, the second and third of which comprise a self-contained diptych (and the former's recitative first half harks back to No-1's Largo centrepiece).
The outer movements are more expansive. An expectant Lento introduction leads to a bracing Allegro, its progress stimulating and satisfyingly proportioned. The Lento flessible finale is finer still: a memorably serene and utterly inevitable essay.
The Magginis are most accurate and cogent guides, realistically recorded within the sympathetic acoustic of Potton Hall in Suffolk. A most rewarding coupling.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2004

****

“…these first two quartets certainly have a real sense of compulsion and creative urgency about their invention. …the Maggini Quartet sustains both with huge assurance; neither is easy to play technically, but every detail is there…”

Choose Format:

What is MP3 and FLAC?

Click on any of the works listed above for alternative recordings.

Copyright © 2002-14 Presto Classical Limited, all rights reserved.