Notes and Editorial Reviews
The string quartet has been an important medium for Sir James MacMillan since his formative years. From the autobiographical to the abstract, each of his—to date—three numbered examples is a major addition to the repertoire.
Technically, the highlight here is the String Quartet No. 3 (2002). Entirely abstract, the quartet has a kind of ecstasy. The finale fades away into the ambient noise of Suffolk's Potton Hall, and you'll need a decent set of equipment to hear all the notes. The Royal String Quartet has an English-sounding name, but the group comes from Poland, a country without a monarch. No matter: their work in this gripping finale is flawless. For MacMillan fans, this recording
presents a remarkable side of the composer, of which they may well be only marginally aware.
– All Music Guide (James Manheim) Read less
Works on This Recording
Quartet for Strings No. 3 by James MacMillan
Royal String Quartet
Written: 2007; Scotland
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