Maggini Quartet

British String Quartets

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By the 20th century, the string quartet had become a mainstay for most composers. It was often treated as a highly personal and introspective species of chamber music, as opposed to the more public statements that the large-scale symphony represented. British composers especially gravitated to the form, and while their works never achieved the revered status of Béla Bartók's or Dmitry Shostakovich's groundbreaking cycles, the quartet proved to be a reliable idiom for displaying the variety of expressions in post-Romantic and modern chamber music. This box set from Naxos brings together works by British masters, including quartets by Edward Elgar, Frank Bridge, John Ireland, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, and Benjamin Britten, along with significant contributions by William Alwyn, Malcolm Arnold, Arthur Bliss, Lennox Berkeley, Arnold Bax, E.J. Moeran, Alan Rawsthorne, and Edmund Rubbra. The Maggini Quartet's ambitious project to record this large body of work began with the release of the first volume in 1995, and it continued as separate recordings until 2011. (The Maggini Quartet also recorded the Naxos Quartets of Peter Maxwell Davies, though that set was released separately and is not included here.) For lovers of British chamber music, this 2019 box set will prove to be more than satisfying.

Track Listing - Disc 16

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Theme and Variations
1 00:46 Amazon
2 00:48 Amazon
3 02:04 Amazon
4 00:53 Amazon
5 02:34 Amazon
6 03:16 Amazon
7 00:39 Amazon
8 01:10 Amazon
9 00:30 Amazon
10 02:49 Amazon
String Quartet No. 1, "Theme and Variations"
11 01:00 Amazon
12 00:43 Amazon
13 01:40 Amazon
14 01:15 Amazon
15 02:38 Amazon
16 01:06 Amazon
17 01:38 Amazon
String Quartet No. 2
18 04:10 Amazon
19 04:16 Amazon
20 00:29 Amazon
21 05:41 Amazon
String Quartet No. 3
22 07:41 Amazon
23 05:38 Amazon
24 03:43 Amazon
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