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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Naxos Quartets Nos. 9 and 10 (Maggini Quartet)


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MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Naxos Quartets Nos. 9 and 10 (Maggini Quartet)

Peter Maxwell Davies is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, and is currently Master of the Queen’s Music. His musical idiom has been described by The New York Times as a combination of ‘medieval mysticism, modernist rigour and happy accessibility’. This fifth and final instalment of Maxwell Davies’s 10-quartet cycle commissioned by Naxos opens with Quartet No. 9, dedicated to Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, mathematician extraordinary, and sometime Lord Mayor of Manchester, both of which attributes have influenced the content of the work. The composer has written of Quartet No. 10, ‘in no way must this be a last quartet. I needed to leave the door open: I had enjoyed writing the Naxos Quartets so much, and perhaps even learned a thing or two, that more could, in theory, eventually flourish’.

Maxwell Davies, Peter

  Naxos Quartet No. 9
1.   I. Allegro 00:11:33
2.   II. Largo flessibile 00:10:42
3.   III. Presto 00:03:04
4.   IV. Lento 00:04:40
5.   V. Alla marcia 00:01:42
6.   VI. Allegro 00:05:15
  Naxos Quartet No. 10
7.   I. Broken Reel: Allegro 00:04:55
8.   II. Slow Air and Rant: Adagio non troppo 00:03:30
9.   III. Passamezzo Farewell: Adagio flessibile 00:09:55
10.   IV. Deil Stick da Minister: Allegro 00:02:38
11.   V. Hornpipe Unfinished: Allegro moderato 00:06:00

Total Playing Time: 01:03:54

Maxwell Davies, Peter

Maggini Quartet

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.557400

Barcode: 0747313240029

Boxset: 8.505225

Physical Release: 09/2008

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