Ireland: String Quartets, The Holy Boy

Ireland: String Quartets, The Holy Boy

by Maggini Quartet
     
 

One of the best things to happen to English string quartet recordings in the early years of the twenty first century was the signing of the Maggini Quartet to Naxos. In short order, the group put out superlative recordings of the quartets of Arnold Bax, Frank Bridge, and BenjaminSee more details below

Overview

One of the best things to happen to English string quartet recordings in the early years of the twenty first century was the signing of the Maggini Quartet to Naxos. In short order, the group put out superlative recordings of the quartets of Arnold Bax, Frank Bridge, and Benjamin Britten, and followed them with this 2006 recording of the two quartets of John Ireland. Student works, Ireland's quartets have the merits and demerits of their origins; that is, both are ardent, even impetuous works and both are clearly modeled on works by previous composers. While the "First Quartet in D minor" reveals the influence of Schumann and Brahms -- listen to the swipe from Brahms in the opening of the Andante moderato -- and the "Second Quartet in C minor" reveals the influence of Beethoven and Dvorák -- listen to the swipe from Beethoven in the climax of the Scherzo -- both works sound masterfully composed in the Maggini's performance. With a clear but full tone and a cogent but lush ensemble, the Maggini makes the most of the scores, highlighting all that's good and downplaying all that's less good. Listeners who already know the Maggini's other recordings will want to check this one out, and listeners who come to this disc first and don't already know the earlier discs may want to check them out, too. Naxos' sound is warm, but a bit wan, close but a shade on the gray side.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313277728
catalogNumber:
8557777
Rank:
223045

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in D minor  - John Ireland  -  Maggini Quartet
  2. The Holy Boy, version for string orchestra or string quartet  - John Ireland  -  Maggini Quartet
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in C minor  - John Ireland  -  Maggini Quartet

Read More

Album Credits

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >