Martin Boykan: String Quartet no. 3

Albany Records: TROY1196
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"The earlier string quartet is a more muscular work, consisting of two movements that precede a longer finale of a theme and variations. As with the other works on the disc, the quartet shows its lineage, the Second Viennese School and Beethoven particularly. Running at around 17 minutes, the quartet has a real sense of scale; one has the clear impression of a master entirely at ease with his chosen tools. All the works on this disc show a similar integrity and intensity, the musical language cerebral but able to express emotion and imagery. Boykan says he remains “impressed by Cynthia Ozick’s warning that ‘less is less’” while turning in works that make the most of modest material. The performances sound committed and expert, and the sound is fine." Jeremy Marchant, Fanfare Magazine

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