McEwen's string quartets are wonderful pieces which are unjustly neglected. The Chilingirians have recorded most of them. On this album the Quartet number 2 composed in 1898 is an enjoyable piece with a beautiful slow movement. It is written in a Scottish idiom.
Like other pieces by McEwen the quartet number 8 sounds quite French in style (reminiscent of Ravel at times) with an opening movement which recalls Borodin. The final work, the little quartet number 15 'in modo scotico' is an extraordinary and challenging work. Very Scottish but in no sentimental manner; highly exhilarating in fact. I can't recommend this disc too highly.