Matthews: String Quartets, Volume 2
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David Matthews: Complete String Quartets, Volume Two

Catalogue Number: TOCC0059
EAN: 5060113440594
Release Date: 9 July 2012
Duration: 61:03

String Quartet No. 5, Op. 36
String Quartet No. 12, Op. 114

Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet
Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin
Mihailo Trandafilovski, violin
Morgan Goff, viola
Neil Heyde, cello

The American critic Robert Reilly described the music on Volume One of this cycle of the complete string quartets of David Matthews (b. 1943) as ‘some of the most concentrated, penetrating writing for this medium in the past 30 years or more. It is musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartok, Britten, and Tippett’. This second CD in the series presents the Fifth Quartet (1984) and the most recent, Quartet No. 12 (2009–10).

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 61:03
1-3 String Quartet No. 5, Op. 36 (1984)

David Matthews, composer
Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet
Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin
Mihailo Trandafilovski, violin
Morgan Goff, viola
Neil Heyde, cello

(first recording)
17:53
1 I. Lento, cantando 6:28 play
2 II. Vivace, energico 4:06 play
3 III. Largo sostenuto 7:19 play
4-13 String Quartet No. 12, Op. 114 (2009-10)

David Matthews, composer
Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet
Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin
Mihailo Trandafilovski, violin
Morgan Goff, viola
Neil Heyde, cello

(first recording)
43:10
4 I. Prelude and Fugue 9:51 play
5 II. Tango 3:00 play
6 Cadenza I – 0:57 play
7 III. Menuetto Scherzando 2:59 play
8 Cadenza II – 1:21 play
9 IV. Serenade – 3:20 play
10 Cadenza III – 0:32 play
11 V. Canto Mesto 10:44 play
12 VI. Menuetto Grazioso 1:11 play
13 VII. Finale 9:15 play

Artists

David Matthews

David Matthews, composer
[credit: Richard Wakefield]

Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skærved and Mihailo Trandafilovski, violins; Morgan Goff, viola; Neil Heyde, cello)

Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet
[credit: Leif Johansson]

Peter Sheppard Skærved

Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin
[credit: Matt Grum]

Mihailo Trandafilovski

Mihailo Trandafilovski, violin
[credit: Matt Grum]

Morgan Goff

Morgan Goff, viola
[credit: Matt Grum]

Neil Heyde

Neil Heyde, cello
[credit: Matt Grum]

Reviews

If David Matthews Fifth Quartet is a compact masterwork with its three joined movements then the Twelfth achieves similar mastery but on a vast canvas full of concentration, power and compassion. This is music of a fully rounded man and musician who has something he wants to say about life.

...The Kreutzer Quartet are the dedicatees of these quartets and have worked for some time with Matthews and his music. If they can’t achieve the composer’s intentions who can?

Gary Higginson MusicWeb International April 2014

Manifest commitment and burning conviction

[…] the Kreutzer Quartet gives its collective all in accounts of manifest commitment and burning conviction. The sound is a touch raw in the Fifth Quartet but with an ideal balance and perspective in the Twelfth, while the composer supplies typically insightful notes. The remainder of this series could not be more keenly awaited.

Richard Whitehouse International Record Review July 2012

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