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A Vigorous Spirit

Music by
Matthew Taylor -
heard by
PATRIC STANDFORD

'... skill and personality in equal measures ...'

Matthew Taylor: String Quartet No 3; Piano Trio; Conflict and Consolation. © 2005 Toccata Classics

Matthew Taylor has, since last year, seven string quartets to his credit and the third on this recording, written during 1995, shows a strong sympathy with what must inevitably be a medium that can expose a composer's skill and personality in equal measures -- or indeed a lack of either ingredient. Taylor would appear to have enough of both. A more meditative central movement precedes an energetic return to the rhythmic precision of the first movement which, however, disappears into the ether most effectively. The work opens with a weighty introduction that dissolves into an Allegro of placid lightness.The conflict is presented as 'highly charged motives which collide fiercely with one another'...

Copyright © 11 September 2010 Patric Standford,
Wakefield UK

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CD INFORMATION: MATTHEW TAYLOR: CHAMBER MUSIC; MUSIC FOR BRASS

BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

TOCCATA CLASSICS

LONDON

UNITED KINGDOM

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