Mátyás Seiber: String Quartets Nos 1–3

Mátyás Seiber’s three string quartets span his career, from the astonishingly assured student essay of the first – composed in 1924 at the age of just eighteen – to the mature synthesis of his third and final Quartetto Lirico.

Seiber’s work was nourished by several of the twentieth century’s most important stylistic trends, from jazz and serialism to the folk music of his native Hungary. He was also, like many of the mid-century’s most significant artists, an émigré and an influential teacher; fifty years after his untimely death, Hugh Wood’s booklet essay pays tribute to his lasting influence on a generation of British composers.

"these three string quartets...are given a consistent reading by the Edinburgh Quartet, delivered in imaculate sound"

"A complete and compelling revelation"

"They are played by the EdinburghQuartet with exemplary attention to Seiber’s subtlety, singing proclivities and gutsy energy. Norhave Delphian short-changed them. The recording is fruitily close and has vivid impact"

"sensitively and securely played on this finely balanced recording by the Edinburgh Quartet"

"The members of the Edinburgh Quartet, with a strong reputation for exploring unusual repertoire, certainly bring devoted playing to this new recording, which should belong on the shelves of all chamber music fans."


Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venues: Prestonkirk Parish Church, East Linton
Recording dates: 18-20 May 2009
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 9
Release date: 29 March 2010
Album ID: DCD34082
Total playing time: 1:00:17

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