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Alfred Hill (1869-1960): String Quartets, Vol. 6 - Quartets Nos. 15-17 / Dominion String Quartet

Album Summary

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor
>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 16 in B flat major ("Celtic")
>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 17 in C major
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Considered to be the only significant composer of Australia and New Zealand representing the Late Romantic era, his prototypical late Romantic style evolved to include elements of the Maori culture to the extent that he was given the name of Arapeta Hira by the Maori. Featuring the New Zealand based Dominion String Quartet whose discography is dedicated to the works of this unjustly neglected composer.

The Guardian, 12th November 2015
The final three [quartets], all apparently receiving their first recording, date from the late 1930s - but you wouldn't know it from Hill's writing, which displays his reverence for the northern hemisphere's past masters of the form, especially Schubert and Dvor▀k. All are finely crafted and worth hearing.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Alfred Hill was an Australian composer who lived from 1869 to 1960. These last three quartets were written in 1937 and 1938. They are pure romantic pieces. The 15th sounds like Schubert or Dvorak, and the 17th sounds like Dvorak. 15 is gentle and melodic; 17 is more folk-like and dance-like. I really like 15 and 17; I was surprised how pleasant they are. We have reviewed this whole series on Naxos. Carl Bauman liked many of them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Park Road Post, Wellington, New Zealand (2014-05-05_2014-05-06&2014-).



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>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor
  • Ensemble: Dominion String Quartet
  • Notes: Park Road Post, Wellington, New Zealand (2014-05-05_2014-05-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1937

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 16 in B flat major ("Celtic")
  • Notes: Park Road Post, Wellington, New Zealand (2014-05-05_2014-05-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1938

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 17 in C major
  • Notes: Park Road Post, Wellington, New Zealand (2014-05-05_2014-05-06&2014-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1938