Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet/String Quartets 1 & 2

Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet/String Quartets 1 & 2

by Maggini Quartet
     
 

In a single musical line -- the opening viola solo of the Phantasy Quintet -- Vaughan Williams conjures up the lush, lonely hillsides of rural England. It is a magical beginning, and especially so in this gorgeous performance by the Maggini Quartet with violist Garfield Jackson. The Maggini have already given us superb interpretationsSee more details below

Overview

In a single musical line -- the opening viola solo of the Phantasy Quintet -- Vaughan Williams conjures up the lush, lonely hillsides of rural England. It is a magical beginning, and especially so in this gorgeous performance by the Maggini Quartet with violist Garfield Jackson. The Maggini have already given us superb interpretations of quartets by Britten, Bridge, Moeran, and Walton, but this disc is perhaps their best yet. They tap into the restrained, lyrical melancholy of these works: the exquisite Romanza of the First Quartet is darkly radiant, the introductory Allegro appassionato of the Second Quartet is fervid yet not frenzied, and the poignant Epilogue is at once remarkably self-possessed and emotionally devastating. With a high-quality recording and a low asking price, this is one beautiful bargain.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313530021
catalogNumber:
8555300
Rank:
12794

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Tracks

  1. Phantasy Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas, & cello  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Garfield Jackson  -  Maggini Quartet
  2. String Quartet No. 1 in G minor  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  -  Maggini Quartet
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor ("For Jean on Her Birthday")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  -  Maggini Quartet

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