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Michael Matthews (b.1950): String Quartets Nos. 2 (2003) & 3 (2013); Miniatures (2000) / The Clearwater Quartet

Album Summary

>Matthews, David : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 18
>Matthews, Michael : Miniatures, for string quartet
>Matthews, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Inspired by the worlds of literature and nature, Canadian composer Michael Matthews utilizes his expressive musical language to explore existential and humanistic discourses about society, nature, and our place as individuals in both on his Ravello Records release, String Quartets. Performed by the Clearwater String Quartet, many of these works highlight the sharp contrasts, intensity, and varying textures of Matthews' style. His String Quartet No. 2 recalls the Second Viennese School, while Miniatures focuses on exploration and discovery, giving them a distinctly North American color.

America Record Guide, November/December 2015

America Record Guide, November/December 2015
These quartets have made a powerful impression on me, as will be evident from my descriptions, especially in the Clearwater Quartet's magnificent performances and Ravallo's richly detailed and powerful, immediate sonics. Anyone who cares about chamber music of the past few decades should hear them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (05/27/2013-05/29/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (09/30/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (10/01/2013).



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>Matthews, David : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 18
  • Ensemble: Clearwater Quartet
  • Notes: St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (05/27/2013-05/29/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (09/30/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (10/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1977-1978

>Matthews, Michael : Miniatures, for string quartet
  • Notes: St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (05/27/2013-05/29/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (09/30/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (10/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Matthews, Michael : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Notes: St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (05/27/2013-05/29/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (09/30/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (10/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002-2003

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Notes: St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (05/27/2013-05/29/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (09/30/2013); St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (10/01/2013)
  • Period Time: Modern