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Twigg: Phantasy Variations on a Theme of Haydn

Magazine article Gramophone

Twigg: Phantasy Variations on a Theme of Haydn

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Twigg

Phantasy Variations on a Theme of Haydn (a). String Trio (b). Piano Trio (c). String Quartet No 1, Hommage a HukvaldyA Piano Quartet (e) (c) Hiroaki Takenouchi pf (b) Montpellier String Trio; (a) dBridge Quartet ("Colin Twigg, Catherine Schofield vns (e) Michael Schofield va (ce) Lucy Wilding vc) Toccata Classics (F) TOCC0387 (77' * DDD)

Listeners unfamiliar with this composer have more than likely heard his playing, Colin Twigg (b1960) having been a violinist in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and leader of the Bridge Quartet this past decade. The first disc devoted to his music features five chamber works written over a 13-year span, the earliest being a String Trio (1996) whose modest length and undemonstrative idiom (that of the classical chamber tradition from Haydn to Bartok) do not belie Twigg's mastery of this exacting medium or his questing approach to formal continuity across and between movements. Such qualities are accentuated in the First String Quartet (1997): the most substantial piece here, its subtitle denotes less the influence of Janacek than of Moravian folk music throughout its eventful and often invigorating course. …

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