Search MusicWeb Here

 

selling Internationaly

aSymphonies 1 and 5 £9.00 post free

See also

Symphonies 2 and 3


Vision of Judgement £9 post free

Newest Releases


Symphonies 4&5 £9 post free

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


CD REVIEW

Some items
to consider

 

  • Menuhin lost tapes
  • Overtures SACD
  • Krommer Flute Quartets
  • Schubert Piano Trios 2CD
  • Menuhin lost tapes


Let me tell you


David Pia


Beethoven Rattle


Highly Impressive


Matthews Shostakovich
Sheer delight!


To live with


outstanding retrospective


A superb celebration


flair, insight, controversy


outstanding singing

 


Sheer bliss


best thing I’ve heard this year

this really exciting release

 


alternatively AmazonUK

John IRELAND (1879-1962)
String Quartet No. 1 in D minor (1897)
(Allegro [8:02]; Molto Allegro [4:32]; Andante Moderato [4:42]; Finale: Vivace [5:09])
The Holy Boy (arr. 1941) [3:16]
String Quartet No. 2 in C minor (1898)
(Allegro Moderato [9:11]; Nocturne: Andante [7:28]; Scherzo: Presto [4:58]; Pocol Allegro – Vivace [10:04])
Maggini Quartet (Laurence Jackson (violin); David Angel (violin); Martin Outram (viola); Michael Kaznowski (cello))
rec. Potton Hall, Suffolk, 21-23 January 2004
NAXOS 8.557777 [57:22]



Another English music gem from Naxos, including Ireland’s two strings quartets and a quartet version of his famous Holy Boy. The string quartets are both early works, written while Ireland was studying at the Royal College of Music. The first quartet was composed in 1897 as an attempt to impress Stanford, whom Ireland regarded very highly and wanted as a teacher. Although Stanford apparently dismissed the work as “dull as ditchwater, m’ bhoy”, he nonetheless arranged a performance of it by the students, and Parry, then the Director of the College, commended it. Ireland wrote the second quartet six months later, and, in the end, achieved his great desire, and was given a four-year scholarship to study with Stanford. Although Ireland’s own voice has not yet emerged in these works, and they show the influence of other composers, such as Brahms, they are well-written, assured and delightful pieces.
 
Ireland’s only other work for string quartet is an arrangement (one of a number, for different combinations of instruments) he made in 1941 of the third of his Four Preludes for piano, the Holy Boy.
 
The Maggini Quartet’s performances on this disc cannot be faulted – the playing is beautifully lyrical, expressive and sensitive. They work together brilliantly as an ensemble, and, importantly, allow the music to breathe, never hurrying, but taking the works at a relaxed – but never sluggish – pace; listen to their gorgeously romantic and evocative version of the Holy Boy. They capture the nuances and various moods of the music well, from delicate and gossamer through to robust and vigorous, in boldly confident playing. Hear the first movement of the second string quartet, for example.
 
Charming works and radiant performances. A must.
 
Em Marshall


see also review by Michael Cookson

British Composers on Naxos page 


 


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb



Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Altus
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Prima voce
Red Priest
Redcliffe
Retrospective
Saydisc
Sheva
Toccata Classics
Wyastone


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Editor in Chief
   
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger
 

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.