Matthew Taylor’s sense of musical architecture – extending the symphonic tradition of Sibelius and Nielsen into the modern age – can be felt in his chamber music no less than in his orchestral output. Though his String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7 were written in close succession, they are fundamentally different in design and feeling. Quartet No. 5 adopts a pacifying process as a volatile Allegro unfolds into a spacious fugue before easing into a delicate lullaby. The core of the Sixth Quartet is a Romanza which Taylor wrote for his wife on their wedding. And the Classical clarity of the Seventh Quartet pays tribute to Haydn and Mendelssohn, two composers whom Taylor much admires.
"... As Matthew Taylor is a creative artist who likes to fashion his scores to suit the personalities and strengths of the musicians who play them, Toccata Classics are to be congratulated for having secured the services of the performers who premièred each of the works featured on this CD. The Dante, Allegri and the Salieri Quartets all give of their very best, presenting what must surely be regarded as definative nterpretations of these accomplished and rewarding pieces, and they are captured in ideal sound."
Paul Conway - Tempo - Vol 67 No 266 - October 2014
"... All performances of this substantial music are excellent, the sound is clear and the ambiance inviting..."
Maria Nockin - Fanfare - July/August 2013