Alfred Hill: String Quartets, Vol. 4 / Dominion Quartet with Richard Mapp, piano

Audio Samples

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E major
>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 11 in D minor
>Hill, Alfred : Life Quintet, for piano, strings & chorus

Album Summary

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E major
>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 11 in D minor
>Hill, Alfred : Life Quintet, for piano, strings & chorus
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Alfred Hill was the doyen of Australasian composers, and his exploration of the string quartet demonstrates the range of his imagination. Both the Tenth and Eleventh quartets were written in 1935, but they offer richly differing affiliations. No. 10 brings a classical formality fused with hints of Gershwin, and a remarkable last movement which recalls the three earlier movements in rapid succession in just 32 bars, whereas No. 11 marks the height of Hill's impressionist refinement, complete with a characteristically beautiful slow movement. The 'Life' Quintet, with its vocal finale, was written in 1912, a fascinating experiment later reworked into a symphony.

MusicWeb International
Hill's Quartets are often deeply conservative, recalling, sometimes quite vividly, Beethoven, Dvorßk and Tchaikovsky - and that is certainly true of the retrospective Tenth Quartet. In the Eleventh, on the other hand, the soundworld is more modern, with more of the rich, exotic tonality of Strauss or early Shostakovich making its presence felt. Nonetheless, both Quartets are almost anachronistically late-Romantic, and given also the fact that they are mellifluous, beautifully crafted and basically wistful in character, likely therefore to appeal to the widest of audiences.

Classical Lost and Found
These performances by the Dominion String Quartet of New Zealand are uniformly superb, making a strong case for this undeservedly forgotten composer... The eight vocalists give an enthusiastic account of the concluding paean, both individually and en masse... the quartet recordings are quite good, projecting a suitably sized soundstage in a warm venue... the piano is effectively captured...

Catholic News Agency
I'm sure you will find this music so attractive that you will want every installment, including this one...



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>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E major
  • Ensemble: Dominion String Quartet
  • Notes: Adam Concert Room, Victoria Univerwity of Wellington, New Zealand (12/15/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 11 in D minor
  • Notes: Adam Concert Room, Victoria Univerwity of Wellington, New Zealand (12/15/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hill, Alfred : Life Quintet, for piano, strings & chorus
  • Performer: Richard Mapp (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mark Dorrell
  • Notes: Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (05/30/2011-05/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic