David Matthews(1943-)

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foxandpeng

Cross-post from WAYLT, simply to restate the quality of these SQs.

Quote from: foxandpeng on May 05, 2023, 02:35:09 PMDavid Matthews
Complete String Quartets Volume 1
SQs 4, 6 and 10
Kreutzer Quartet
Toccata


I rate David Matthews very highly. His symphonies are excellent, but his SQs are also amongst my favourite British cycles.
"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people ... then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbour — such is my idea of happiness"

Tolstoy

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To be released on 5 July:

Part of the tragedy of the Palestinians is that they have essentially no international support for a good reason: they've no wealth, they've no power, so they've no rights.

Noam Chomsky

foxandpeng

Quote from: Symphonic Addict on May 23, 2024, 09:42:25 AMTo be released on 5 July:



Ohhh, nice. Thank you. I have enjoyed this cycle very much so far.
"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people ... then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbour — such is my idea of happiness"

Tolstoy

Symphonic Addict

Quote from: foxandpeng on May 23, 2024, 01:14:34 PMOhhh, nice. Thank you. I have enjoyed this cycle very much so far.

Having heard his symphonies, the natural step would be to listen to the string quartets which is a form I increasingly enjoy more and more.
Part of the tragedy of the Palestinians is that they have essentially no international support for a good reason: they've no wealth, they've no power, so they've no rights.

Noam Chomsky

foxandpeng

Quote from: Symphonic Addict on May 23, 2024, 03:31:25 PMHaving heard his symphonies, the natural step would be to listen to the string quartets which is a form I increasingly enjoy more and more.

I don't think you will be disappointed. The previous releases have been very worthwhile.
"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people ... then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbour — such is my idea of happiness"

Tolstoy

calyptorhynchus

Just listened to the Vol 6 of the String Quartets. Nos. 8, 16, 17 are first rate, as fine as any of the previous ones we have heard.

Not sure about DMs SQ transcriptions (Bach, a prelude and fugue from the 48 in this case). Perhaps he does them for the Kreutzer Quartet to play as encores, but I can't see much point in them otherwise.
'Many men are melancholy by hearing music, but it is a pleasing melancholy that it causeth.' Robert Burton

foxandpeng

Quote from: calyptorhynchus on July 05, 2024, 12:18:57 AMJust listened to the Vol 6 of the String Quartets. Nos. 8, 16, 17 are first rate, as fine as any of the previous ones we have heard.

Not sure about DMs SQ transcriptions (Bach, a prelude and fugue from the 48 in this case). Perhaps he does them for the Kreutzer Quartet to play as encores, but I can't see much point in them otherwise.

Agree with all you say. More time needed with these, because as much as I come to enjoy his SQs, they take a while to root. As for the Bach, I am less interested.
"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people ... then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbour — such is my idea of happiness"

Tolstoy