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Finnissy: Music for String Quartet

art of Metier's ongoing series of recordings of the music of Michael Finnissy, one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed contemporary composers.

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE says (December 2013) that this is THE ESSENTIAL FINNISSY RECORDING - see article here


AUDIO SAMPLE: Plain Harmony II







Plain Harmony I
Plain Harmony II
Plain Harmony III
Nobody's Jig
Multiple Forms of Constraint
String Quartet

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“This is rather special. If variety is the spice of life, then this disc is hot. And so are the Kreutzer Quartet, whose commitment and spirit make this demanding music sound clear, fluent and gritty. A must for anyone interested in new music, or in the evolution of the string quartet as a genre.” - Fabrice Fitch (Gramophone)
Gramophone “Critics’ Choice” CD for 1998
“…a bracing experience. This is a rough-hewn and extremely sturdy music, profoundly honest about what it is and what it's doing. 'String Quartet' may be the most unrelaxing piece of music I've heard of late. And that, though it sounds like nothing of the sort, is a compliment!” - Brian Marley (Avant)
“Finnissy is stretching his players - irrational timings and unexpected intervals - so there's none of the pop condescension of boom boom Minimalism. Finnissy hollows out the romantic legacy from the inside, spinning lines so tense they sound as if they are traced on a bomb ready to explode. Perhaps the febrile beauty admired by Finnissy's devotees is not so much the pinnacle of art as the ring of truth.” - Ben Watson (The Wire)

“Seven of Finnissy's works for string quartet. All of them are enigmatic, and in almost all of them he actively seeks to undermine in different ways the conventional quartet dynamic. The First String Quartet ... continually feels poised to do something completely different, filling the music and the listener with nervous excitement. There's something profoundly unsettling about this restrained little piece Sehnsucht. In ways difficult to fathom or articulate, there's something almost unbearably moving about it.” - Simon Cummings (5against4)