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Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet / String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 [CD]

Ralph Vaughan Williams , Garfield Jackson , Maggini Quartet Audio CD
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  • Performer: Garfield Jackson, Maggini Quartet
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (2 April 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005AQNF
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Phantasy Quintet: I. Prelude: Lento ma non troppoGarfield Jackson 4:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Phantasy Quintet: II. Scherzo: PrestissimoGarfield Jackson 4:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Phantasy Quintet: III. Alla Sarabanda: LentoGarfield Jackson 2:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Phantasy Quintet: IV. Burlesca: Allegro moderatoGarfield Jackson 4:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: I. Allegro moderatoMaggini Quartet 9:17Album Only
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: II. Minuet and Trio: Tempo di minuettoMaggini Quartet 4:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: III. Romance: Andante sostenutoMaggini Quartet 7:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: IV. Finale: Rondo Capriccioso - Allegro moltoMaggini Quartet 8:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor: I. Prelude: Allegro appassionatoMaggini Quartet 3:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor: II. Romance: LargoMaggini Quartet 9:31Album Only
Listen11. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor: III. Scherzo: AllegroMaggini Quartet 3:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor: IV. Epilogue: Andante sostenutoMaggini Quartet 4:450.89  Buy MP3 

Product Description

The second of Vaughan Williams' two-string quartets proves particularly fascinating listening in these marvellously sympathetic and beautifully recorded performances of some unjustly overlooked repertoire. Completed in 1943, it's a searching, formidably taut utterance, whose troubled demeanour points the way forward to the apocalyptic Sixth Symphony of five years later. Only in the hushed final movement do the clouds finally lift, but it's a hard-won serenity that never quite banishes the work's nervy undertow. By contrast, the bracing First Quartet of 1908 is more obviously influenced by folk and often acquires a distinctly Gallic hue--no great surprise, perhaps, given that VW had finished his studies with Ravel in Paris just a few months previously. It's a wonderfully melodious, exquisitely wrought piece, whose comparative neglect down the years continues to baffle, and it's preceded here by the Phantasy Quintet, another prodigiously inventive, raptly lyrical essay, completed in 1912. Throughout, the Magginis respond with exhilarating assurance, irreproachable sensitivity and unstinting dedication; for the lovely Phantasy Quintet they are joined by the excellent Garfield Jackson (violist of the Endellion Quartet). This is yet another remarkable Naxos bargain, in sum, and absolutely not to be missed. --Andrew Achenbach

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CD Composer: Vaughan-Williams,Ralph

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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If ever there was a piece of chamber music to send tingles down my spine, it is the opening Prelude of the Phantasy Quintet (1912). It has a yearning, ecstatic intensity which hints at something beyond ourselves. Then the delightful scherzo and lovely but short alla sarabanda. Finally the burlesca, starting with a cello theme like a group of heavy-footed Morris men not sure of their steps but becoming fleeter and more delicate. A Lark Ascending-type violin solo leads to a beautiful conclusion. The Magginis play this wonderful quintet quite beautifully.
When VW started his first string quartet (1908, rev 1921), he had completed a period of study with Ravel and it is easy to discern the French influence. Although all the elements of his mature style - folk song, the English Tudor composers and French impressionism - were within him, they still had a while to simmer and blend, so this work is not fully characteristic. The Maggini Quartet take the Minuet and Trio a bit slower than usual but it still sounds right. The lovely Romance is played very tenderly, giving more emphasis to the more impassioned passages. The finale is again taken on the slow-ish side but it comes off just the same. The extraordinary ending, with the violin sliding down from the stratosphere, brings the piece to an end.
Written during the Second World War, the second string quartet (1942-3) enters a very different world. Composed between the sublime 5th symphony and the bleak 6th, its emotional world is more akin to the latter. VW wrote it as a birthday present for his friend, Jean Stewart, who was a violist. This instrument has a very important part in all four movements and in the scherzo, it is the only one that is unmuted. The prelude and scherzo are both tense emotionally though the first is most troubled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great playing at any cost. 28 Nov 2001
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This is great playing from a great quartet - plus Garfield Jackson for the quintet. Listening to the disc, especially the 2nd quartet leaves one emotionally drained. Listening to this live recently, a founder string playing member of the BBCSO, who had played under VW, said "they play like a true quartet" Don't miss it - worth it even if it was a full price disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of the Sublime 25 Jan 2011
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No need to duplicate the reviews of others, enough to emphasise the quality of VW's music, immaculate performance by the Magginis, enhanced by an impressive clarity of recording. Vaughan Williams folk music influences are present here in some of the jaunting rhythmns and melodies, as well as a French influence reminiscent of the magical sound-world of Delius at times. There are beautiful, serene, and ethereal moments here, especially via Jackson's shimmering viola in the Phantasy Quintet; there are also tougher, more sinewy sections, especially in the 2nd Quartet, reminiscent at times of Shostakovich, appropriately given its wartime gestation. Gramophone 'classic' recommendation, and Penguin Guide 'Rosette'. An essential purchase for all fans of VW, or English music in general.
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I very much enjoyed this chamber music by Vaughan Williams...and hence, greatly recommend this CD to anyone who wishes to be enriched by his very unique sound world.
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