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The Magginis Premiere Second ‘Naxos’ Quartet by Maxwell Davies

On Friday, July 11, the Maggini Quartet debuted Naxos Quartet No.2, the second in a cycle of ten string quartets to be composed by Peter Maxwell Davies.  The quartets, which were commissioned by leading independent label Naxos, are scheduled to be premiered and recorded at the rate of two per year for a period of five years. 

No. 2 was performed on Friday at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham, England as a part of the Cheltenham International Festival.  Dedicated to British composer Ian Kellam, a longtime musical friend of Maxwell Davies, the quartet is in the standard four movements and is approximately 35 minutes in length.  According to Andrew Clements of The Guardian, the work is “an utterly conclusive, utterly absorbing musical argument.”  It will later be recorded and released on the Naxos label.  On Friday, the Maggini’s programme was rounded out by Haydn’s D Major Quartet, Op. 33, No. 6, and Mozart’s “Hunt” Quartet, K. 458.

The next work in the series, Naxos Quartet No. 3, will be premiered in October at Wigmore Hall, also the venue of the first performance of Naxos Quartet No. 1. 

For more information:

Naxos Quartet Premieres in London

The Maggini Quartet

Peter Maxwell Davies

Keep watching for Part II of  “Swan Song or Song and Dance: A chronicle on the coming fate of the world’s music ensembles.”



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