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David Matthews (b.1943): Complete String Quartets, Vol. 3 / Kreutzer Quartet

Album Summary

>Matthews, David : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 4
>Matthews, David : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 16
>Matthews, David : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 18
>Matthews, David : Mirror Canon, for string quartet
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano ("Lent, vague, indécis"), Op. 74/4
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Notes & Reviews:

This, the third volume in the Toccata Classics cycle of complete string quartets of David Matthews (b. 1943), contains Matthews’ first three numbered quartets, written between 1969 and 1978, along with an early contrapuntal study and an arrangement of Scriabin. The Second Quartet, as the composer says, ‘shows the influence of the kind of minimalism in songs by The Velvet Underground, and aims for the energy and dynamism of The Who’. The Kreutzer Quartet have worked with David Matthews for many years now; many of his quartets were written with them in mind.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John the Baptist, Aldbury, Hertfordshire (01/29/2014); St John the Baptist, Aldbury, Hertfordshire (04/11/2012); St John the Baptist, Aldbury, Hertfordshire (07/29/2014).



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Works Details

>Matthews, David : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 4
  • Ensemble: Kreutzer Quartet
  • Running Time: 23 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969-1970

>Matthews, David : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 16
  • Running Time: 16 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974-1976

>Matthews, David : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 18
  • Running Time: 19 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1978

>Matthews, David : Mirror Canon, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano ("Lent, vague, indécis"), Op. 74/4
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914