Martin Boykan: String Quartet no. 4

CRI / New World Records: NWCR786
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"...there's much to admire here in resplendent craftsmanship, communicative urgency, and even lyricism (of its kind); and I can second annotator Martin Brody's praise of the boldness and scope of Boykan's 'nuanced and volatile' music... the [Fourth Quartet] (though certainly unremittingly serious) gains a sense of deepening calm from its structure as a progression from a (mostly) agitated opening Vigoroso to a (mostly) contemplative adagio espressivo conclusion. The Quartet in particular is a work of absolute integrity that slowly but inexorably reveals great depth of feeling... Performances are skillful and devoted, recording excellent. This is a disc that will reward many hearings, and I hope it will soon be followed by a program of Boykan's earlier chamber music." Mark L. Lehman, American Record Guide

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