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The American critic Robert Reilly described the music on Volume One of this cycle of the complete string quartets of David Matthews (b. 1943) as 'some of the most concentrated, penetrating writing for this medium in the past 30 years or more. It is musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartok, Britten, and Tippett'. Matthews' three most recent quartets call in a wide range of references. Birdsong - heard in Nos. 13 and 14 - is a standard Matthews topos; and the fugal No. 15 seems to find a middle ground between late Beethoven and folk-music. No. 13 presents the biggest surprise: it introduces four solo voices, siting the work somewhere between Berg's Lyric Suite and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Some touching arrangements and two canons for two Michaels - Tippett and Berkeley - complete the program.
The American critic Robert Reilly described the music on Volume One of this cycle of the complete string quartets of David Matthews (b. 1943) as 'some of the most concentrated, penetrating writing for this medium in the past 30 years or more. It is musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartok, Britten, and Tippett'. Matthews' three most recent quartets call in a wide range of references. Birdsong - heard in Nos. 13 and 14 - is a standard Matthews topos; and the fugal No. 15 seems to find a middle ground between late Beethoven and folk-music. No. 13 presents the biggest surprise: it introduces four solo voices, siting the work somewhere between Berg's Lyric Suite and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Some touching arrangements and two canons for two Michaels - Tippett and Berkeley - complete the program.
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Format: CD
Label: Toccata
Rel. Date: 09/02/2022
UPC: 5060113445544

Complete String Quartets 5
Artist: Kreutzer Quartet
Format: CD
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1. String Quartet No. 14, Op. 145: I. Night. Adagio
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2. String Quartet No. 14, Op. 145: II. Sunrise. Lento E Sostenuto
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3. String Quartet No. 14, Op. 145: III. Day. Molto Vivace Con Gioia
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4. String Quartet No. 15, Op. 159: I. Allegro
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5. String Quartet No. 15, Op. 159: II. Molto Adagio
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6. String Quartet No. 15, Op. 159: III. Giocoso
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7. String Quartet No. 15, Op. 159: IV. Moderato
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8. String Quartet No. 13, Op. 136: I. Green. In Tranquilla Attesa
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9. String Quartet No. 13, Op. 136: II. Woollahra Magpies. Poco Lento - Vivace
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10. String Quartet No. 13, Op. 136: III. Sun In Me. Con Luminosità Costante
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11. String Quartet No. 13, Op. 136: IV. The Song Thrush. Moderato
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12. String Quartet No. 13, Op. 136: V. Lux Aeterna. Con Il Movimento Pacifico
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13. Sospiri, Op. 70 (Arr. D. Matthews For String Quartet)
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14. Minuet In D Major, K. 355 (Arr. D. Matthews For String Quartet)
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15. Gigue In G Major, K. 574 (Arr. D. Matthews For String Quartet)
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16. Bagatelle In C Major, Woo 56 (Arr. D. Matthews For String Quartet)
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17. Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht, H. 145 (Arr. D. Matthews For String Quartet)
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18. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: No. 1, Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai (Arr. D. Matthews For String Quartet)
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19. Canon For Michael Tippett
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20. Canon For Michael Berkeley
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The American critic Robert Reilly described the music on Volume One of this cycle of the complete string quartets of David Matthews (b. 1943) as 'some of the most concentrated, penetrating writing for this medium in the past 30 years or more. It is musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartok, Britten, and Tippett'. Matthews' three most recent quartets call in a wide range of references. Birdsong - heard in Nos. 13 and 14 - is a standard Matthews topos; and the fugal No. 15 seems to find a middle ground between late Beethoven and folk-music. No. 13 presents the biggest surprise: it introduces four solo voices, siting the work somewhere between Berg's Lyric Suite and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Some touching arrangements and two canons for two Michaels - Tippett and Berkeley - complete the program.
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