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Walton: String Quartets / Doric Quartet

> String Quartet (1922) - I. Moderato -
> String Quartet (1922) - II. Scherzo: Allegro molto vivace, e ritmico -
> String Quartet (1922) - III. Fuga: Lento, ma non troppo, e molto espressivo - Con brio e energico
> String Quartet in A minor - I. Allegro
> String Quartet in A minor - II. Presto
> String Quartet in A minor - III. Lento
> String Quartet in A minor - IV. Allegro molto

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Walton, William : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor

Notes & Reviews:

This new release represents one of the comparatively rare recordings of the string quartets by William Walton, one of England's finest composers. The works are performed by the Doric String Quartet, exclusive Chandos artists and among the youngest and most impressive quartets on the classical music scene today. Their recent recording of Korngold's string quartets (CHAN 10611) was given 'Editor's Choice' by Gramophone. Walton's two string quartets, written about a quarter of a century apart, are barely recognizable as the work of the same composer. The String Quartet of 1922, an extraordinarily ambitious work in terms of scale and technical demands, was written when Walton was in his late teens. The Quartet in A minor is a work of Walton's maturity, more compact in form, conservative in language, and relaxed in tone.

"The Doric gives outstanding, virtuoso performances of William Walton's two string quartets. The first of them, formidable in its technical demands and harmonic language, is virtually unrecognisable from the Walton of maturity...but, when played with such panache, it provides a pungent contrast to the clarity and spry rhythmic sparring of the later A minor Quartet." -The Telegraph *****

"Hats off first for the stunning recording. Every bow stroke hits home as if the players are there in your living room. Another bouquet for the musicians' mastery of the three Ps: polish, passion, precision. Absorbing repertoire, too." -The Times ****

"The Doric Quartet responds with great understanding to it and does well in making the most of the parts of the two works when, for different reasons, a good counsel for the defence is called for. The recording, too, gives an excellent account of music that, even when Walton was young and inexperienced, shows the keenness of his ear for texture." -International Record Review

"Walton’s two string quartets make a satisfying disc, and this recording of No 1 has the advantage of being the first of the uncut original version...Both works are superbly played by the Doric String Quartet." -The Sunday Times

"[a] blazingly committed and triumphantly assured rendering [of the early Quartet]...I was particularly smitten with the Doric's glowing treatment of the rapturous slow movement [of the A minor]...which they survey with a beguiling, almost conversational flow yet no loss of intimacy or piercing ardour...Make no mistake, this is a terrific disc in every way." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/14/2010-07/16/2010).


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Works Details

>Walton, William : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/14/2010-07/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1919-1922

>Walton, William : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/14/2010-07/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1945-1947