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Robert Matthew-Walker
International Record Review, January 2012

The Maggini players are impressive throughout the entire range of this music doing the composer proud in this section of his oeuvre… © 2012 International Record Review




Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Maggini Quartet’s series of British music recordings for Naxos goes from strength to strength and this Quartet represents Bax at his sharpest, with no meandering. The opening of the first movement sweeps the listener forward in a way that reminds one of Mendelssohn’s Octet, despite the far more modern idiom. The Lyrical Interlude is a re-working Bax made in 1922 of the slow movement of his String Quintet of 1908. It is a rather beautiful piece, like the Adagio ma non troppo from an even earlier quartet. The Magginis are masterly throughout, not just in the four substantial movements of the Quartet but in the two evocatively Irish-inspired movements written much earlier.



Robert McColley
Fanfare, June 2003

"In Fanfare 25:6, Peter J. Rabinowitz "strongly recommended" the Maggini Quartet's performance of Arnold Bax's First and Second String Quartets on Naxos 8.555282. He also hoped "that the Third Quartet-Bax's longest-is on the Maggini agenda." Obviously it was, for here it is, with the excellent results that one would expect from this outstanding ensemble.

There is much fine music here. Echoing my colleague: strongly recommended."




Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, January 2003

"Baxians have had to wait over two decades for a digital successor to the Amici Quartet's pioneering LP, so I'm delighted to report that the Maggini Quartet forge a well-paced and concentrated interpretation, playing with assurance, infectious rhythmic snap and heartwarming dedication. They are joined by violist Garfield Jackson for the haunting Lyrical Interlude from 1922 (a reworking of the slow movement from Bax's ambitious String Quintet of 1908), and there's another rarity in the shape of the lovely Adagio ma non troppo centrepiece from the 1903 String Quartet in F major that Bax orchestrated two years later as his first tone-poem, Cathaleen-ni-Hoolihan.

Throughout, the sound is faithful in timbre and the balance most musically judged. Next up from the Maggini on Naxos is a Frank Bridge cycle - a mouthwatering prospect! In the meantime, don't miss this outstanding disc."



James Manishen
Winnipeg Free Press, February 2002

"Bax's Third Quartet dates from 1936 and is a tautly argued masterpiece. Dusted with Celtic flavour, the music is wonderfully coherent and involving, full of dramatic thrust and brilliantly set. The Maggini's deliver with tremendous commitment and skill, once again affirming their stature as among the finest purveyors of British chamber music today. One of the year's best chamber music releases."






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