Mathias: The Three String Quartets


Catalogue No: MSVCD 92005
EAN/UPC: 809730200526
Release Date: March 1994
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 63:26
Sample: Quartet no. 2 - first movement (extract)

William Mathias was one of the greatest of British 20th century composers. This pioneering recording of his three magnificent quartets was one of Metier’s earliest and most popular releases. Out of print for several years, we are delighted to bring it back into circulation at mid price.

Track Listing

    William Mathias:

  1. String Quartet no. 1, op.38 (20:00)
  2. I. String Quartet no. 2, op. 84 – 1. Allegro (4:18)
  3. II. String Quartet no. 2, op. 84 – 2. Andante (4:26)
  4. III. String Quartet no. 2, op. 84 – 3. Lento moltoo (5:18)
  5. IV. String Quartet no. 2, op. 84 – 4. Allegro vivo (5:10)
  6. I. String Quartet no. 3, op. 97 – 1. Allegro moderato (9:46)
  7. II. String Quartet no. 3, op. 97 – 2. Lento (6:34)
  8. III. String Quartet no. 3, op. 97 – 3. Molto moderato (6:48)



Interesting that all three of these serious works have an Eastern European leaning amid a rooted tonality spiced with dissonance.

” —Rob Barnett

Masterful and intense performances recorded in vividly immediate sound… could hardly make a more powerful impression. The Medea Quartet… both brilliant technically and deeply expressive. The Metier sound is first rate too with superb presence and atmosphere

” —Edward Greenfield
American Record Guide

Music that quickly grabs its audience, offers both old-fashioned and newer-sounding pleasures, and repays repeated listening with subtleties of harmony, architecture and feeling. The Medea Quartet plays very well, with spirit and sensitivity.

” —Lehman