Taylor: String Quartets 5–7
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Matthew Taylor: String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7

Catalogue Number: TOCC0144
EAN: 5060113441447
Release Date: 28 January 2013
Duration: 54:09

Made in the presence of the composer

String Quartet No. 5, Op. 35
String Quartet No. 6, Op. 36
String Quartet No. 7, Op. 37

Dante String Quartet, string quartet
Allegri String Quartet, string quartet
Salieri String Quartet, string quartet

Matthew Taylor's sense of musical architecture – extending the symphonic tradition of Sibelius and Nielsen into the modern age – can be felt in his chamber music no less than in his orchestral output. Though his String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7 were written in close succession, they are fundamentally different in design and feeling. Quartet No. 5 adopts a pacifying process as a volatile Allegro unfolds into a spacious fugue before easing into a delicate lullaby. The core of the Sixth Quartet is a Romanza which Taylor wrote for his wife on their wedding. And the Classical clarity of the Seventh Quartet pays tribute to Haydn and Mendelssohn, two composers whom Taylor much admires.

Booklet texts   (PDF)

Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1-3 String Quartet No. 5, Op. 35 (2007–8)

Matthew Taylor, composer
Dante String Quartet, string quartet
Allegri String Quartet, string quartet
Salieri String Quartet, string quartet

(first recording)
14:44
1 I Allegro furioso 5:20 play
2 II Fuga: Largamente, Intensivo 4:50 play
3 III Lullaby: Adagio 4:34 play
4-7 String Quartet No. 6, Op. 36 (2006–8)

Matthew Taylor, composer
Dante String Quartet, string quartet
Allegri String Quartet, string quartet
Salieri String Quartet, string quartet

(first recording)
18:38
4 I Giubiloso 3:42 play
5 II Romanza – Andante moderato – 5:38 play
6 III Andante moderato – 4:10 play
7 IV Finale: Bacchanale – Con spirito e riotoso 5:08 play
8-11 String Quartet No. 7, Op. 37 (2008–9)

Matthew Taylor, composer
Dante String Quartet, string quartet
Allegri String Quartet, string quartet
Salieri String Quartet, string quartet

(first recording)
20:47
8 I Allegretto comodo 6:43 play
9 II Scherzo – Allegretto scorrevole 2:51 play
10 III Adagio – Allegretto grazioso – Adagio – Allegretto grazioso 6:06 play
11 IV Finale – Animato ma misterioso 5:07 play

Artists

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor, composer

Dante String Quartet (Krysia Osostowicz and Giles Francis, violins; Rachel Roberts, viola; Richard Jenkinson, cello)

Dante String Quartet, string quartet
[credit: Simon Weir]

Allegri String Quartet (Ofer Falk and Rafael Todes, violins; Dorothea Vogel, viola; Katherine Jenkinson, cello) with composer Matthew Taylor

Allegri String Quartet, string quartet
[credit: Simon Weir]

Salieri String Quartet (Nick Barnard and Juliet Warden, violins; Gilly Murray, viola; Jayne Spencer, cello) with composer Matthew Taylor

Salieri String Quartet, string quartet
[credit: Simon Weir]

Reviews

[String Quartet No. 5, Op. 35] ...This terrific quartet has a natural organic progression and flow through its three movements and received an excellent performance from the Dante Quartet.

[String Quartet No. 6, Op. 36] ...This is a magnificent quartet that rewards with repeated listening. The Allegris couldn’t be better, serving the composer so well.

...These wonderful quartets are given first rate performances by the respective players. The recordings are first class and there are excellent booklet notes by the composer.

The Classical Reviewer 28th December 2013

...I don’t want to give the impression that the music is ‘easy’ or ‘comfortable’; it asks questions of the listener which are in some respects as demanding as those asked by the late Beethoven Quartets, but it does so in a way that isn’t simply avant-garde or difficult for the sake of being so.

...The performances, by three different quartets, are very good and the recording is equally good.

Brian Wilson MusicWeb International October 2013

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