Peter Maxwell Davies is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, and is currently Master of the Queen s Music. His musical idiom has been described by The New York Times as a combination of medieval mysticism, modernist rigour and happy accessibility . Maxwell Davies s 10-quartet cycle commissioned by Naxos is now collected in this 5-CD boxed set. The composer has written of Quartet No 10, in no way must this be a last quartet. I needed to leave the door open: I had enjoyed writing the Naxos Quartets so much, and perhaps even learned a thing or two, that more could, in theory, eventually flourish .
The Maggini perform with the no-holds-barred commitment and jaw-dropping technical acumen we have come to expect from them throughout this massive project. --Gramophone
Peter Maxwell Davies Naxos Quartet cycle, now complete on disc, make a hugely varied sequence in mood, manner, scale and inspiration --The Guardian