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Christopher Wright: Four String Quartets



The four string quartets largely span my adult composing career (of forty years) from my early twenties to the present and are the only single genre to which I have consistently returned. Their combined narrative represents a 'compositional journey' which has consisted of two parallel paths that in a sense glancing retrospectively over music’s 20th-century development, shadow it. Those two paths have both conflicted with and complemented each other; I refer to their lyricism-tonality on the one hand contrasted with starkness-atonality on the other, traits that have become far more focussed musically in a 21st-century post-modern world. From this perspective, these four individual works may be better appreciated as one entity through similarities - not initially intentional but now apparent - and their differences. Each quartet was conceived as non-programmatic abstract pieces of music however the first and fourth are 'descriptive' in that they were inspired by specific landscapes: respectively the East Suffolk Coast, and Beacon Fell Lancashire. Only the fourth quartet has a title and four distinct movements. Christopher Wright

Christopher Wright: Four String Quartets


'Assured readings from the Fejes Quartet are enhanced by spacious yet immediate sound. Well worth investigating...' Gramophone, June 2015

"These four works must be as taxing to play as any in the repertoire, and they project them with all the neccessary virtuosity and with total conviction. The recording is close and immediate, but not so close as to be unnatural. The church acoustic is lightly and attractively reverberant. Highly recommended!" International Record Review, March 2015

“I believe that Christopher Wright is first and foremost a lyrical composer as fully demonstrated by the emphasis he puts on the slow movements. This beautifully crafted music is immensely rewarding to listen to and to absorb.” Hubert Culot,