Skalkottas is one of the greatest 20th Century composers, but is sadly still quite neglected by the classical music mainstream. The two quartets on this CD are by no means background music, and demand to be listened to in as reverential an atmosphere possible! They are an example of post-Schoenbergian twelve-note techniques, applied with passion and genuine musicality. Skalkottas employs multiple tone-rows, allowing himself much more freedom in constructing his 'sound world', which displays a breadth of expression that very little twelve-tone music is able to match. Indeed, Hans Keller considered Skalkottas to be the only great serialist after Schoenberg. As one can imagine, the music is not easy to perform, especially in the case of the 4th quartet, whose dimentions alone must have been daunting for the New Hellenic Quartet. However, the performance on this CD is breathtakingly good: both accurate and moving. Not many people have heard of Skalkottas, and fewer still will have heard these quartets, so you will listen to this recording with an elated sense of discovery. An absolute must for any music lover who knows what's good for him/ her.