New Sounds from Manchester

Quatuor Danel
Métier   msv 28546   2015

Stunning and challenging works for string quartet all receiving their first recordings. The Quatuor Danel is the quartet in residence at the University of Manchester (England); all of the composers have strong links with the University too. Established composers John Casken and Philip Grange are joined by two of the new generation, Camden Reeves and Richard Whalley, with works of exceptional distinctiveness and inspiration.

CD program
John Casken : Choses en moi
Philip Grange : Ghosts of Great Violence
Camden Reeves : Fireworks Physonect SiphonophoreDactylozooid Complex
Richard Whalley: Interlocking Melodies


“The composers are all living exponents of uncompromising new music, all showing a fine sense of craftsmanship and dramatic flair. None of the works are mundane or routine. They all are of a uniformly advanced nature and mesh together for a consistently rewarding listen. Quatour Danel handles it all with an excellent feel for contemporary modernism and fine musicianship. Their playing is exemplary on this disk and the Manchester composers represented are in every way worthy of the quartet’s talented way. Recommended.” – Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music)

“An ensemble like Quatuor which is subscribed to ‘heavy fare’ does of course not have any difficulties with the challenging music, which listening to repeatedly is a very worthwhile exercise. The recording is immaculate, the booklet texts are authoritative contributed by the composers themselves. All in all highly recommended.” – Jürgen Schaarwächter (

“Each of the composers presented here has a distinctive and attractive musical personality. String-quartet playing of the first order … impeccable precision and conviction. The disc receives a high recommendation accordingly” – David deBoor Canfield (Fanfare)

“We’ve been enjoying this new CD.. [The Reeves pieces] could be discordant but are sharply interesting rather than edgy.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“The University of Manchester’s music department has become a fertile composing ground, its admirable quartet in residence clearly an inspiration” – Paul Driver (Sunday Times)