ERNEST MACMILLAN (1893-1973): String Quartet in C Minor, 2 Sketches based on French Canadian Airs, GLENN GOULD (1932-1982): String Quartet, Op. 1.
Catalogue Number: 04K087
Reference: ACD2 2596
Description: Like several other composers from England and Canada, MacMillan happened to be in Germany when war broke out in 1914 and was interned in Ruhleben camp where he started this string quartet in 1917. Partaking of both current French and English styles, the result is a fresh, youthful and very attractive work of some 27 minutes which should please any collector of Bridge, Ireland or Ravel. If you've never heard Gould's only quartet (1956), it's a remarkable profusion of intricately knotted counterpoint and expressionism of exactly Verklärte Nacht-period Schoenberg. You may agree with the member of the Montreal String Quartet, which premiered the work, who said that Gould didn't know when and how to end it, but it's a 33-minute span of luxurious hothouse vegetation which has few equals in the genre. Quatuor Alcan.