David Matthews: Complete String Quartets, Volume Six

This item will be released on 5 July 2024.

Catalogue No: TOCC0732
EAN/UPC: 5060113447326
Release Date: 2024-07-05
Composer: David Matthews
Artists: Kreutzer Quartet

The American critic Robert Reilly described the music on Volume One of this cycle of the complete string quartets of David Matthews (b. 1943) as ‘some of the most concentrated, penetrating writing for this medium in the past 30 years or more. It is musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartók, Britten, and Tippett’. The three works in this sixth volume of Matthews’ string quartets cover a quarter of a century but share the same basic features, not least a mastery of counterpoint, an impassioned lyricism, a sublimated hint of folksong and occasionally a sly sense of humour, all deployed to touch something essential in the listener. Matthews begins his booklet note with this release by saluting ‘my now nearly 30-year relationship with the Kreutzer Quartet, which has been as invaluable to me as Shostakovich’s with the Beethoven Quartet, or Beethoven’s with the Schuppanzigh Quartet’.

Kreutzer Quartet

Listen To This Recording:

String Quartet No. 8, Op. 75 (1997-98) (20:19)

  1. I. Leggiero con moto (7:15)
  2. II. Vivo (4:35)
  3. III. Adagio sostenuto (8:29)

String Quartet No. 16, Op. 161 (2021) (12:31)

  1. Andante con moto – (3:40)
  2. Molto vivace – (2:49)
  3. Lento con molto espressione (6:02)

String Quartet No. 17, Op. 164 (2022-23) (21:14)

  1. I. Flamboyant (5:05)
  2. II. Vivace (3:41)
  3. III. Adagio (8:15)
  4. IV. Andante con moto – Allegro con brio (4:13)

Bach arr. Matthews
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, No. 24: Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV869 (c. 1722, arr. 2002)

  1. Praeludium (6:23)
  2. Fuga (6:12)


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