David Pucher (violins)
Donald Maurice (viola)
David Chickering (cello)
While Hill’s first three string quartets were reminiscent of Dvorák and Tchaikovsky, these three demonstrate new directions.
With the slow movement of Quartet No. 4 hinting at influences of Elgar, and Quartet No. 6 conceived in a kind of retro-classical idiom, Quartet No. 8 clearly marks the beginning of a new sound world, with hints of the musical language of the impressionists and a rather English sounding Finale.
Hill’s trademark slow movement gems remain a feature in all three quartets with the outer movements offering memorable melodies and much finesse in his string quartet writing.
“Leave it to Naxos to come up with some terrific chamber music by a composer most people in the Northern Hemisphere have never heard of….. The Dominion Quartet of New Zealand plays up a storm in all three selections, making a strong case for Hill's music….an outstanding disc of discovery from down under.”
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