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William Mathias - The Three String Quartets

String Quartets by William Mathias

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

The Medea Quartet

ensemble

Venue:

St Martins Church East Woodhay



Engineer:

David Lefeber



Record Label
Metier

Genre:

Chamber


Contemporary

Total Time - 62:20
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William Mathias - The Three String Quartets

 

WILLIAM MATHIAS

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String Quartet no. 1, op.38

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String Quartet no. 2, op. 84

 
2 I 1. Allegro 4:18
3 II 2. Andante 4:26
4 III 3. Lento moltoo 5:18
5 IV 4. Allegro vivo 5:10
     
 

String Quartet no. 3, op. 97

 
6 I 1. Allegro moderato 9:46
7 II 2. Lento 6:34
8 III 3. Molto moderato 6:48
     
  The Medea Quartet ensemble


William Mathias as one of the greatest of British 20th century composers. This pioneering recording of his three magnificent quartets was one of Metier’s earliest and most popular releases. Out of print for several years, we are delighted to bring it back into circulation.

“This highly interesting series from the enterprising Metier label combines sterling and polished accounts of Beethoven’s violin sonatas together with rare works by his contemporaries. The recordings are quite excellent on all counts.  I greatly enjoyed the Ries Sonata which is also very melodic and carefully constructed – a tribute to this rather overlooked Scandinavian composer.”

Gerald Fenech - ClassicalNet.com
 


“Interesting that all three of these serious works have an Eastern European leaning amid a rooted tonality spiced with dissonance.”

Rob Barnett-  MusicWebInternational.com


“Music that quickly grabs its audience, offers both old-fashioned and newer-sounding pleasures, and repays repeated listening with subtleties of harmony, architecture and feeling. The Medea Quartet plays very well, with spirit and sensitivity.”

Lehman- American Record Guide


“Masterful and intense performances recorded in vividly immediate sound… could hardly make a more powerful impression. The Medea Quartet… both brilliant technically and deeply expressive. The Metier sound is first rate too with superb presence and atmosphere”

Edward Greenfield - Gramophone magazine




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