Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets Nos. 9 and 10

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Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets Nos. 9 and 10

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8557400
(8.557400)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st Sept 2008

Barcode:

0747313240029

Length:

63 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets Nos. 9 and 10


Davies, Maxwell:

Naxos Quartet No. 9

Naxos Quartet No. 10


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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. 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 Quartets so much, and perhaps even learned a thing or two, that more could, in theory, eventually flourish’.

Peter Maxwell Davies: Naxos Quartet No. 9

I. Allegro

II. Largo flessibile

III. Presto

IV. Lento

V. Alla marcia

VI. Allegro

Peter Maxwell Davies: Naxos Quartet No. 10

I. Broken Reel: Allegro

II. Slow Air and Rant: Adagio non troppo

III. Passamezzo Farewell: Adagio flessibile

IV. Deil Stick da Minister: Allegro

V. Hornpipe Unfinished: Allegro moderato

BBC Music Magazine

January 2009

****

“The Magginis sounds as if they've lived with the quartets all their lives, so assured and probing are the performances. They take the finely-nuanced rhetorical gestures of No. 9's opening movement in their stride, and lend a poignant lyricism to the 'Passamezzo'. A marvellous achievement all round.”

Financial Times

“Little did we know, when Max was commissioned by budget label Naxos to write 10 string quartets, what a late flowering odyssey it would be, all his mature skills coalescing within the intense discipline of Haydn-esque form.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Cast in six movements and dedicated to Mancunian mathematician and politician Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, the Ninth in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's cycle of 10 Naxos Quartets is a 36-minute canvas of formidable rigour and accomplishment, positively Beethovenian in its fearless ambition, questing spirit and unremitting concentration.
The first two movements – a pugnacious Allegro and no less absorbing Largo flessibile – grow from the same seed and incorporate some frequently violent contrasts that hark back to childhood memories of war. Next come three shorter movements with a strongly burlesque flavour followed by a taut and driven finale.
Taking its cue from the Baroque suite but employing Scottish dance forms, the Tenth wears a more reflective demeanour, its emotional kernel comprising a central Adagio flessibile, which boasts some of the most probingly sincere inspiration in the whole series. The fifth and final movement suddenly stops in mid air – a deliberately inconclusive gesture. 'I needed to leave the door open,' explains the composer.
'I had enjoyed writing the Naxos Quartets so much, and perhaps even learned a thing or two, that more could, in theory, eventually flourish.' The Maggini perform with the no-holdsbarred commitment and jaw-dropping technical acumen we have come to expect from them throughout this massive project. Splendidly rich sound and a most truthful balance, too.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2008

“The Maggini perform with the no-holds-barred commitment and jaw-dropping technical acumen we have come to expect from them throughout this massive project. Splendidly rich sound and a most truthful balance, too.”

The Guardian

28th September 2008

“these are accomplished works belying the inaccessible reputation of so much contemporary music; No. 9 echoes the raw noises of the composer's Manchester youth, and the five-movement tenth carries a strain of mourning through its evocation of Scottish dance tunes.”

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