To date David Matthews (b. 1943) has written seven symphonies and eleven string quartets. 'I have continued’, he explains, 'along a path similar to that taken by Tippett and Britten: one rooted in the Viennese Classics – Beethoven above all – and also in Mahler, Sibelius and the early twentieth-century modernists. I have always been a tonal composer, attempting to integrate the musical language of the present with the past, and to explore the rich traditional forms.’ This first volume of his complete string quartets presents works written between 1981 and 2001.
Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin Mihailo Trandafilovski, violin Morgan Goff, viola Neil Heyde, cello
Catalogue No: TOCC0058EAN/UPC: 5060113440587Release Date: 15.04.2010Composer: David Matthews Artists: Kreutzer Quartet, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde, Peter Sheppard Skærved
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String Quartet No. 6, Op. 56 (1991) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0058/TOCC0058t06.mp3
String Quartet No. 10, Op. 84 (2000) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0058/TOCC0058t09.mp3
Robert Reilly :
“These works are full of exquisite moments. Some of the music is searing, much of it dances and sings, and some of it is achingly beautiful and tender. It is all brimming with life. I found the adagio sostenuto in Quartet No. 4 and the Lontano movement in the Tenth Quartet to be heart-stoppingly beautiful. The great good news is that this is Volume One in what will be a complete cycle of Matthews’s eleven quartets – though a twelfth quartet is on the way. The Kreutzer Quartet plays this music with staggering conviction and skill. This release exemplifies the mission of Toccata Classics and why such a label is absolutely necessary.” —Robert Reilly, CatholiCity
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