The Maggini Quartet: Laurence Jackson, David Angel, Martin
Outram, and Michal Kaznowski.
The Quartet examines their performance during playback of the recording.
Potton Hall provides a comfortable venue for the recording sessions.
John Ireland's String Quartets Recorded by the Magginis
ENGLAND - On 21, 22, and 23 January the Maggini Quartet and an expert
recording team sequestered themselves in Potton Hall in Suffolk to
record John Ireland's two string quartets and "A Holy Boy".
Producer Andrew Walton and engineer Eleanor Thomason are the team that
have recorded all of the Maggini CDs for Naxos. Potton Hall has
been the recording location for all the Quartet's recordings since the
Walton Quartets, including works by Bliss, Bridge, and Maxwell
Davies. Later this year the hall will be used for recording Sir
Malcolm Arnold's String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 and Sir Peter Maxell
Davies' Naxos Quartets Nos. 3 and 4.
Maggini cellist Michal Kaznowski reflects on the idyllic surroundings:
"Potton Hall is deep
in the Suffolk countryside near Dunwich on the coast,
and in front of the windows while we record I can often see deer
feeding. It is very
quiet and has very nice pubs nearby for meals - an ideal combination
of circumstances for the Maggini Quartet."
Ireland composed his two string quartets in 1895 and 1897.
Written while he was a student, the quartets were not well known during
the composer's lifetime.
"The Holy Boy" is an arrangement for string quartet of Ireland's
popular Christmas song from 1913.