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HILL, Alfred: String Quartets, Vol. 4 (Dominion String Quartet) - Nos. 10 and 11 / Life Quintet

HILL, Alfred: String Quartets, Vol. 4 (Dominion String Quartet) - Nos. 10 and 11 / Life Quintet

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release date: January 2012


Artists:

Dorrell, Mark


Molinari Quartet

Ensemble

Richard Greager

Soloist

Molinari Quartet



Venue:

Adam Concert Room, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 79:09
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HILL, Alfred: String Quartets, Vol. 4 (Dominion String Quartet) - Nos. 10 and 11 / Life Quintet

     
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ALFRED HILL

     
 

String Quartet No. 10 in E major

 
1 I. Allegro 7:26
 Molinari Quartet Ensemble
2 II. Adagio 5:54
 Molinari Quartet Ensemble
3 III. Scherzo 2:51
 Molinari Quartet Ensemble
4 IV. Finale: Allegro moderato 4:03
 Molinari Quartet Ensemble
     
 

String Quartet No. 11 in D minor

 
5 I. Andantino - Lento - Allegro 8:29
 Molinari Quartet Ensemble
6 II. Adagio 4:40
 Molinari Quartet Ensemble
7 III. Allegretto 6:28
 Molinari Quartet Ensemble
     
 

Life Quintet

 
8 I. Grave - Allegro 10:08
 Richard Greager Soloist
 Dorrell, Mark
9 II. Marche funebre 11:50
 Richard Greager Soloist
 Dorrell, Mark
10 III. Scherzo 3:39
 Richard Greager Soloist
 Dorrell, Mark
11 IV. Finale, "Gloria in excelsis Deo": Adagio maestoso - Allegro maestoso (version for voices and piano quintet) 13:41
 Richard Greager Soloist
 Dorrell, Mark


Alfred Hill was the doyen of Australasian composers, and his exploration of the string quartet demonstrates the range of his imagination. Both the Tenth and Eleventh quartets were written in 1935, but they offer richly differing affiliations. No. 10 brings a classical formality fused with hints of Gershwin, and a remarkable last movement which recalls the three earlier movements in rapid succession in just 32 bars, whereas No. 11 marks the height of Hill’s impressionist refinement, complete with a characteristically beautiful slow movement. The ‘Life’ Quintet, with its vocal finale, was written in 1912, a fascinating experiment later reworked into a symphony.

"...These performances by the Dominion String Quartet of New Zealand are uniformly superb, making a strong case for this undeservedly forgotten composer…The eight vocalists give an enthusiastic account of the concluding paean, both individually and en masse…the quartet recordings are quite good, projecting a suitably sized soundstage in a warm venue…the piano is effectively captured ..."

Bob McQuiston - Classical Lost and Found - January 2012


"...The Dominion Quartet was formed in 2006 to record works of New Zealand composers (Hill lived in both Australia and New Zealand). They have a lovely sound and a good ensemble,.. The recorded sound for the two quartets is rich ... I have not heard the first three volumes in this series ... but if only on the basis of this disc, I can highly recommend the series, both for committed playing and as first documentation of an important part of the quartet repertoire."

William Kreindler - Musicweb-international.com - 4 July 2012




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