British String Quartets / Maggini Quartet

Release Date: 9/13/2019
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8502021
Number of Discs: 20

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The string quartet is at the very heart of 20th century British music, encompassing some of the quintessential works of the chamber music repertory. This compendium features fine examples of the genre, revealing the precocious talents of Benjamin Britten and John Ireland, the quicksilver craftsmanship of Frank Bridge and Alan Rawsthorne, the ‘captured sunshine’ of Edward Elgar’s writing and the evocative pastoral renderings of Arthur Bliss and Arnold Bax. Although the musical styles of each of the composers featured in this collection are unique, their contributions are unified by an innate understanding and mastery of the string quartet form. The multi-award winning and twice Grammy Award-nominated Maggini Quartet’s consummate and much lauded interpretations of these works are presented here together for the first time.

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Excerpts from select reviews of previously released items included in this set:

Ireland: String Quartets

These works make for gratifying listening. The performances from the Maggini Quartet are simply magnificent: what devotion these musicians lavish on this music. Furthermore, the recording is quite superb in its intimacy, blend, and balance — the listener feels like the “fifth” member.

– Fanfare

Bax: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2

Both quartets are important contributions to the repertoire, something made abundantly clear by the Maggini Quartet's masterful, deeply felt, and finely executed readings. The ensemble's burning conviction will make you a believer too.

– ClassicsToday

Alwyn: String Quartets No 1-3

With controlled vibrato and sharp attacks, theirs is a compellingly stark, uncompromising, physical approach, stressing the modernity of the works. Lyrical sections, as a result, stand out in bold relief.

– Fanfare
Works on This Recording
1. Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor by William Alwyn
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Lorraine McAslan (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955 ; England
2. Quartet for Strings no 2 "Spring Waters" by William Alwyn
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Lorraine McAslan (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1975 ; England
3. Quartet for Strings no 3 by William Alwyn
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Lorraine McAslan (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; England
4. Novelette for String Quartet by William Alwyn
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Lorraine McAslan (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
5. Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 23 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; England
6. Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 118 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1975 ; England
7. Fantasy for String Quartet "Vita abundans" by Malcolm Arnold
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1942 ; England
8. Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major by Arnold Bax
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918 ; England
9. Quartet for Strings no 2 in E minor by Arnold Bax
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; England
10. Quartet for Strings no 3 by Arnold Bax
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; England
11. Lyrical Interlude for String Quintet by Arnold Bax
Performer: Garfield Jackson (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922 ; England
12. Quartet for Strings : Adagio ma non troppo "Cathaleen-ni-Hoolihan" by Arnold Bax
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; England
13. Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 15 by Lennox Berkeley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; England
14. Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 6 by Lennox Berkeley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; England
15. Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 76 by Lennox Berkeley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1970 ; England
16. Quartet for Strings no 1 in B flat major, F 25 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; England
17. Quartet for Strings in A major, F 23 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: circa 1914 ; England
18. Conversations, F 16 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer: Michael [flute] Cox (Flute), Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet members
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920 ; England
19. Quartet for Strings no 2 in F minor, F 26 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; England
20. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, F 20 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), David [Clarinet] Campbell (Clarinet), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; England
21. Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor, H 70 "Bologna" by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; England
22. Quartet for Strings no 2 in G minor, H 115 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; England
23. Quartet for Strings no 2 in G minor, H 115 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; England
24. Quartet for Strings no 4, H 188 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; England
25. Quartet for Piano and Strings in F sharp minor, H 94 "Phantasie" by Frank Bridge
Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; England
26. Quartet for Strings in F minor "Phantasie Quartet" by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; England
27. Idylls (3) for String Quartet, H 67 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; England
28. An Irish Melody "Londonderry Air", H 86 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908 ; England
29. Sir Roger de Coverley, H 155 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922 ; England
30. Old English Songs (2): no 1, Sally in our alley, H 119a by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916 ; England
31. Old English Songs (2): no 2, Cherry Ripe, H 119b by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916 ; England
32. Pieces (3) for String Quartet by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
33. Novelletten (3), H 44 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904 ; England
34. Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; England
35. Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; England
36. Divertimenti (3) for String Quartet by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; England
37. Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94 by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1975 ; England
38. Quartettino for Quartet by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
39. Alla Marcia for String Quartet by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; England
40. Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4 by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Written: 1933-1934 ; England
41. Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 83 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; England
42. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 84 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Peter Donohoe (Piano), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918-1919 ; England
43. Quartet for Strings no 1 by John Ireland
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1895 ;
44. Preludes (4) for Piano: no 3, The Holy Boy by John Ireland
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; England
45. Quartet for Strings no 2 by John Ireland
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1897 ;
46. Quartet for Strings in E flat major by Ernest John Moeran
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
47. Quartet for Strings in A minor by Ernest John Moeran
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921 ; England
48. Trio for Strings in G major, R. 59 by Ernest John Moeran
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931 ; England
49. Theme and Variations for 2 Violins by Alan Rawsthorne
Performer: Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; England
50. Quartet for Strings no 1 "Theme and Variations" by Alan Rawsthorne
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; England
51. Quartet for Strings no 2 by Alan Rawsthorne
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; England
52. Quartet for Strings no 3 by Alan Rawsthorne
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965 ; England
53. Quartet for Strings no 1 in F minor, Op. 35 by Edmund Rubbra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ; England
54. Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 112 by Edmund Rubbra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962-1963 ; England
55. Quartet for Strings no 4, Op. 150 by Edmund Rubbra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1976-1977 ; England
56. Quartet for Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 73 by Edmund Rubbra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; England
57. Amoretti, Op. 43 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer: Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; England
58. Ave Maria Gratia Plena by Edmund Rubbra
Performer: Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
59. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1, Op. 68 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; England
60. Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908/1921 ; England
61. Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942-1944 ; England
62. Phantasy Quintet for Strings by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Garfield Jackson (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912 ; England
63. Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor by Sir William Walton
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Martin Outram (Viola), Laurence Jackson (Violin), David Angel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945-1947 ; England
64. Quartet for Piano and Strings by Sir William Walton
Performer: Michal Kaznowski (Cello), Peter Donohoe (Piano), Martin Outram (Viola), David Angel (Violin), Laurence Jackson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Maggini String Quartet members
Period: 20th Century
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