MacMillan - Visions of a November Spring | Delphian DCD34088

MacMillan - Visions of a November Spring


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34088

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th July 2014



"For fifty years the Edinburgh Quartet has been one of the leading chamber ensembles of the UK", wrote the quartetís patron James MacMillan on the occasion of their 50th anniversary in 2010. "I feel proud to be associated with them as they enter their second half-century under the dynamic leadership of Tristan Gurney, providing some of the most exciting performances in the business."

'Exciting' is certainly the word to describe these marvellously idiomatic, intensely virtuosic readings of MacMillanís own music. Spanning his career from 1982 to 2011, they provide three snapshots of his evolving style: an intriguing tissue of Wagnerian referentiality; a burst of youthful energy with touches of the visionary; and the sovereign integration of folk and discursive elements in String Quartet No.3. A moving short tribute, 'For Sonny', shows another side to this ceaselessly inventive composerís output.

The Edinburgh Quartet was founded in 1960 and quickly became established as one of Britainís foremost chamber ensembles. It achieved international recognition after winning the Contemporary Prize at the Evian-les-Bains String Quartet Competition and has since toured extensively across Europe, the Far East, North and South America and the Middle East, as well as appearing regularly at venues across the UK.

The Quartet has always been a champion of new music and has worked with many important and prolific composers of our age, including James MacMillan, Michael Tippett and Howard Blake.

Edinburgh Quartet:
- Tristan Gurney [violin]
- Gordon Bragg [violin]
- Jessica Beeston [viola]
- Mark Bailey [cello]

Premiere recordings of Etwas zuruckhaltend, For Sonny and String Quartet No.3

International Record Review Outstanding

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