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Robert Matthew-Walker
International Record Review, January 2012

BRITTEN: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Three Divertimenti 8.553883
BRITTEN: String Quartets No. 3 / Simple Symphony 8.554360

well worth acquiring, for they exhibit an understanding of this by no means immediately comprehensible music…these two single CDs are strongly recommended… © 2012 International Record Review




Penguin Guide, January 2009

BRITTEN: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Three Divertimenti 8.553883
BRITTEN: String Quartets No. 3 / Simple Symphony 8.554360

The Maggini give clean, direct performances of the first two numbered quartets, not as intense as some but fresh and thoughtful, well coupled with the three colourful Divertimenti of 1936. The Maggini’s second CD is even finer than their first. They give a strongly characterized reading of Op. 94. The Poco adagio of the Quartettino is particularly searching, while the account of the Simple Symphony (which opens the programme) is as sprightly and sparkling as you could wish. First-class recording. The almost Mahlerian All Marcia is the musical source of the penultimate movement of the song-cycle, Les Illuminations, written six years later. This pair of Naxos discs all but trumps the opposition.



Gramophone

"The Maggini Quartet launch their Britten series with a well-blended sense of ensemble, and they surmount the music's many challenges with ease and authority"



BBC Music Magazine

"the Maggini disc offers excellent value for money"





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