Naxos Quartets, ‘a 21st-century landmark’
29th October 2009
The Naxos Records commissions were composed over a period of five years, commencing in 2002 and the final quartet (No 10) received its world premiere in October 2007.
The quartets are a varied and rich set, a musical journey into the thoughts of the composer at the peak of his reputation and creative powers. Critics have been unanimous in their praise:
‘The Naxos cycle is a 21st-century landmark.’ (The Times)
‘Little did we know, when Max was commissioned by budget label Naxos to write 10 string quartets, what a late flowering odyssey it would be, all his mature skills coalescing within the intense discipline of Haydn-esque form.’ (Financial Times)
Naxos Records has also released this month a box set of the entire recordings by the Maggini Quartet 8.505225.