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January 30, 2004

The Maggini Quartet records John Ireland.
The Maggini Quartet:  Laurence Jackson, David Angel, Martin Outram, and Michal Kaznowski.

The Quartet listening to playback
The Quartet examines their performance during playback of the recording.

Potton Hall, the recording location
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. 


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