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ACCLAIM FOR NAXOS QUARTETS 3 and 4 FROM “ACROSS THE POND
Naxos Releases New Maxwell Davies Quartets CD in UK on March 28th to Positive Reviews; US Release Date April 19th

On March 28th, Naxos released the world premiere recording of Peter Maxwell Davies’s Naxos Quartets Nos. 3 and 4, performed by the Maggini Quartet, in the United Kingdom.  Here is what UK critics have been saying about the new recording:

Writing for string quartet has forced Max to simplify his language; these latest essays in the genre, commissioned by the Naxos record label as part of a series of 10, are even more elegiac and economically impressive than the first two.  . . . The Magginis remain impressive advocates of Max’s late-flowering muse.
--Andrew Clark, The Financial Times

Davies initially intended his third Naxos Quartet, written in the spring of 2003, to be a work of formidable organisational complexity.  . . . The invasion of Iraq took it in a different direction.  The result is a powerful piece, conveying desolation and a sense of frustration.  . . . The Maggini Quartet play both works with finesse
--Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times

**** (four stars)
Both works are based upon Davies’s now familiar range of technical devices—the magic squares, transformations of plainsong fragments and carefully plotted harmonic progressions—but they also graft on further musical references and carry layers of extra-musical allusion.  No. 3, with its minatory opening march, deliberately grotesque scherzo and bleak finale, is Davies’s response to the invasion of Iraq, while the single-movement Fourth was designed to be much lighter an less aggressive than its predecessor, with Breughel’s painting of children’s games as its direct inspiration.
-- Andrew Clements, The Guardian


PETER MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934): NAXOS QUARTETS 3 and 4

Maggini Quartet   

8.557397

U.S. Release Date: April 19th, 2005
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PETER MAXWELL DAVIES: Naxos Quartets 1 and 2

Maggini Quartet

Naxos 8.557396

Release Date: November 16th, 2004

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES SELECTION: “THE BEST CLASSICAL CD’s OF 2004”
  • GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE EDITOR’S CHOICE
  • MUSIC WEB DISC OF THE MONTH, OCTOBER 2004

His music is both craggy and accessible. The Naxos Quartets—a cycle that the composer likens to a serialized novel in 10 chapters -open with rocky, beautiful bursts of activity, setting forth a landscape in which the composer deliberately seeks to evoke the green but uncompromising slopes of Orkney. -- Anne Midgette, The New York Times

This first instalment of a 10-quartet cycle...sets out its stall with audacity and verve... (The Maggini Quartet’s) live performances of this music give it an easy eloquence that grabs the ear and won’t let go. -- James Jolly, Gramophone Magazine

If this initial instalment is anything to go by, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s ambitious series of 10 Naxos Quartets is already shaping up to be quite a journey. -- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Magazine

I fervently recommend this disc to you as a most auspicious start to chamber music in our new century. -- David Denton, The Strad










 
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