Naxos Quartets Perform in London
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Naxos Quartets Perform in London

“The Naxos Quartets” Southbank Centre (October 9–11). They may be
the first set of string quartets named after a record label. Naxos commissioned the eminent
composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to write a cycle that turned into 10 quartets Davies calls
“a novel in chapters,” and that bear, novel-like, references to the past quartet
literature (including the Beethoven quartets), current events, and landscapes from Sir
Peter’s life. The entire opus is being offered over one weekend at the Southbank
Centre’s Purcell Room, in the same populist spirit that Naxos (sometimes referred to as a
budget label) embodies: tickets sell for $8 and $15 apiece.

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