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Corp / Davies / Maggini String Quartet
Release Date: 05/14/2013 
Label:  Stone Records   Catalog #: 8024  
Composer:  Ronald Corp
Performer:  Rebecca De Pont DaviesJohn TattersdillAndrew Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Maggini String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Corp's Third String Quartet is, unlike his earlier two quartets, not intended as programme music, and is simply beautiful music for its own sake. By complete contrast, the central piece is a setting of an adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper. A thrilling mini psychological drama, this powerful piece grips the listener as the angst of the protagonist is played out. The final piece is a clarinet quintet written in honour of the 19th-century polymath Joseph Crawhall. The booklet contains full notes by the composer, as well as illustrating some wood engravings by Joseph Crawhall. This is a wonderful example of an English composer writing engaging, lyric, dramatic music, that will appeal to a wide audience. "The Read more First Quartet, which draws its inspiration from the character and habitat of that noble bird the bustard, is, like its companion piece, well made and securely in an English tradition voiced with supple energy." The Telegraph "Ronald Corp is Britain's most prolific choral conductor-composer, and with this work he breaks fascinating new ground. The Dhammapada is a collection of sayings of the Buddha transmitted orally before being written down 2,000 years ago. Set for small choir, it becomes a beguiling work, full of scrunchy dissonances but graceful to the ear." The Independent "I would suggest that one of Corp's several strengths as a song writer is his ability to reinforce and amplify his chosen texts - to add value" International Record Review Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 3 by Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Maggini String Quartet
2.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Ronald Corp
Performer:  Rebecca De Pont Davies (Mezzo Soprano), John Tattersdill (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Maggini String Quartet
3.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings "Crawhall" by Ronald Corp
Performer:  Andrew Marriner (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Maggini String Quartet

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 3: I. Allegro piacevole
String Quartet No. 3: II. Cantilena and scherzo
String Quartet No. 3: III. Allegro giocoso
The Yellow Wallpaper: No. 1. An ancestral hall for the summer
The Yellow Wallpaper: No. 2. We took the nursery at the top of the house
The Yellow Wallpaper: No. 3. I don't know why I should write this
The Yellow Wallpaper: No. 4. It changes as the light changes
The Yellow Wallpaper: No. 5. The smell
The Yellow Wallpaper: No. 6. Only two more days to get this paper off
Clarinet Quintet, "Crawhall": I. Semplice - Allegro energico
Clarinet Quintet, "Crawhall": II. Andante
Clarinet Quintet, "Crawhall": III. Allgretto grazioso
Clarinet Quintet, "Crawhall": IV. Allegro vivace

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