Today’s free classical download is the opening of the first-ever recording of the tenth string quartet by David Matthews, a British composer steeped in Mahlerian language while developing a voice that is absolutely his own. The Lontano from his 10th quartet is one of the lovelist passages I have heard all year.
It comes courtesy of a new participant in the free downloads scheme. Toccata Classics
is a one-man band invented by Martin Anderson, publisher, critic and sometime international economics official. Toccata pursues esoteric music with rare passion. Some of its composers were pushed to the margins by political condictions in their country, others have simply failed to obtain the recognition they deserve. Toccata has high standards and produces few duds. Unusually, you can obtain its new recordings by subscription.
Here is the wonderful David Matthews work, played by the Kreutzer Quartet. You know now where you can find more.
To download Matthews: String Quartet No. 10, Op. 84 – I. Lontano
click the link below:TOCC0058-09.mp3
Kreutzer Quartet at work