This disc of Colin Matthews' chamber music brings together works previously issued only on LP, from the Schubert and Divertimenti Ensembles, with an unreleased recording by the Brindisi Quartet of String Quartet No.2. The disc is completed with Five Concertinos for Wind Quintet, performed by Nicholas Daniel's Haffner Ensemble.
Melinda Maxwell oboe
Oliver Knussen conductor
Haffner Wind Ensemble
The Sunday Times Pick of 2008
'In this collection of Colin Matthews' chamber music from the 1980s, the most important item is the newcomer, a 1996 recording of Matthews' Second String Quartet. Completed in 1989, it's a taut, compelling piece that brings together all the ingredients of Matthews' musical language at the time and weaves them into a rigorous discourse that has an almost Elliott Carter-like energy and intensity.; The Guardian
Divertimento, Oboe Quartet and Triptych were recorded at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, on 26-27 May and 8 July 1985.
Recording Engineer: JULES SMITH; Producer: RICK POTTER; Co-producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
Five Concertinos were recorded at St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, on 9 November 1993.
Recording Engineer: MIKE SKEET; Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
String Quartet No.2 was recorded at All Saints Church, Petersham on 8-9 December 1996.
Recording Engineer: TRYGGVI TRYGGVASON; Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS; Editor: MARIAN FREEMAN; Remastering: BEN TURNER for Finesplice; Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
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Divertimento, Triptych and the Oboe Quartet No.1 were originally released on Auracle Records.
Catalogue number: NMC D149
Release Date: 14 July 2008