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MacMillan: String Quartets / Royal String Quartet


Release Date: 07/27/2018 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68196  
Composer:  James MacMillan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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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.

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REVIEW:

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
Read more 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

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 "Visions of a November Spring" by James MacMillan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988/1991; Scotland 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 "Why is this night different" by James MacMillan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Scotland 
3.
Quartet for Strings No. 3 by James MacMillan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007; Scotland 

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