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Maxwell Davies: Naxos Quartets no 7 & 8 / Maggini Quartet

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Naxos Quartet no 7 for string quartet, J. 447
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Naxos Quartet no 8 for string quartet, J. 452
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Notes & Reviews:

"The fourth instalment of Peter Maxwell Davies's 10-quartet cycle for Naxos brings together the longest and shortest works in the series so far. The seven movements of Quartet No 7, each of them predominantly slow, last almost 55 minutes, while the single-movement eighth, dedicated to the Queen on her 80th birthday last year, is barely a third as long. Both, though, are typical of his beautifully crafted quartet style. The seventh carries the subtitle Metafore sul Borromini, and all the movements are inspired by and named after buildings in Rome designed by the baroque architect, whose work has fascinated Maxwell Davies since he was a student in the city in the 1950s. The music is sustained, lyrical and, despite its slow unfolding, constantly gripping. The extrovert eighth offers a complete contrast." -The Guardian

International Record Review
I have found listening to these ten quartets an absorbing experience, at the end of which I can only suggest that listeners explore them for themselves. The performances by the musicians for whom they were written and coached by the composer, are exemplary...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (06/13/2006-06/15/2006).



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Naxos Quartet no 7 for string quartet, J. 447
  • Running Time: 52 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Naxos Quartet no 8 for string quartet, J. 452
  • Running Time: 18 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005