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Jim Svejda
Fanfare, May 2016

…tremendously enjoyable music: tuneful, formally secure, expertly made. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



William Kreindler
MusicWeb International, February 2016

The Dominion Quartet plays with great vigour but with attention to detail at the same time. They have a good ensemble and produce a very intimate sound. This quality is abetted by the venue which adds to the overall warmth of feeling. Donald Maurice and David Chickering stand out, but the two violinists should not be forgotten. …They are to be commended for completing a historic series that greatly expands Hill’s presence on recordings and to have done so with such skill and commitment. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Jerobear
Review Corner, January 2016

This is a nice album in its own right, and essential for anyone who has collected the other CDs in the series. © 2016 Review Corner Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, December 2015

…[Dominion Quartet] gives us consistently superb performances of these works. Their playing is technically accomplished and enthusiastic, but also highly sensitive without becoming excessively romantic in Hill’s more tender moments. © 2015 Classical Lost And Found Read complete review




Erica Jeal
The Guardian, November 2015

All are finely crafted and worth hearing… © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2015

We have now reached the Sixth and final disc in this world premiere recording of the seventeen string quartets by the major Australian-born composer, Alfred Hill. In the international world of music, Hill represented both Australia and New Zealand during the first half of the 20th century, having spent his younger years in New Zealand. Truth to tell he was a Germanic composer taught in Leipzig where he spent his life until his early twenties. There he was much influenced by Brahms and Dvorak, and it was they who were to have a lasting effect on his entire output. He returned to New Zealand in 1891, and there cut-off from the musical upheaval taking place in Europe with the birth of the Second Viennese School, his music was to remain in a time-warp. Not that we should therefore dismiss his works, as they are skilfully crafted, and possess the type of thematic material that made Dvorak famous. The three quartets on this disc come from the period 1937–38, the Fifteenth packed full of ready attractions, particularly in the beguiling second movement, Canzona, and yearning Serenade. The Sixteenth is subtitled ‘Celtic’, its third movement being a tourist’s view of an Irish Jig, while the work as a whole is reminiscent of the Czech world of Dvorak. Then, with twenty-two years of his life remaining, he wrote his Seventeenth and last quartet, a quite short score in three movements. The sombre opening sets the scene, though it is the central movement that adds a new level of gloom that is only relieved in the short finale. Apart from questions of first violin intonation, the New Zealand-based Dominion String Quartet are the admirable protagonists of three world premiere recordings, all beautiful engineered. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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