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Hill: String Quartets Vol 1 / Dominion Quartet

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> String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major, "Maori" - I. Moderato - Allegro
> String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major, "Maori" - II. Waiata
> String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major, "Maori" - III. Tangi (Lament)
> String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major, "Maori" - IV. Finale
> String Quartet No. 2 in G minor, "A Maori Legend in 4 Scenes" - I. The Forest
> String Quartet No. 2 in G minor, "A Maori Legend in 4 Scenes" - II. The Dream
> String Quartet No. 2 in G minor, "A Maori Legend in 4 Scenes" - III. Scherzo
> String Quartet No. 2 in G minor, "A Maori Legend in 4 Scenes" - IV. Finale
> String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, "The Carnival" - I. In the Streets
> String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, "The Carnival" - II. Andantino
> String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, "The Carnival" - III. Scherzo
> String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, "The Carnival" - IV. Finale

Album Summary

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 1 in B flat major ("Maori")
>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 2 in G minor ("A Maori Legend in Four Scenes")
>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A minor ("The Carnival")
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Notes & Reviews:

The musical language of Alfred Hill's string quartets is reminiscent of Dvorak and Tchaikovsky with easily remembered melodies crafted within the harmonic texture of the romantic era, rhythmic vitality in the outer movements, and consistently beautiful slow movements of much charm. The blend of antipodean nationalism with the traditional forms and musical language of late nineteenth-century Europe brings a uniqueness and freshness that has appeal on a first hearing, yet reveals a wealth of underlying ideas on further acquaintance.



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>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 1 in B flat major ("Maori")
  • Notes: Expressions Theater, Upper Hutt, New Zealand (05/22/2006-10/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 2 in G minor ("A Maori Legend in Four Scenes")
  • Notes: Expressions Theater, Upper Hutt, New Zealand (05/22/2006-10/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1911

>Hill, Alfred : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A minor ("The Carnival")
  • Notes: Expressions Theater, Upper Hutt, New Zealand (05/22/2006-10/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912