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The performances captured with intimate clarity on Catalyst Quartet - UNCOVERED couldn't be more loving / GRAMOPHONE

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The Catalyst Quartet certainly live up to their name. The musicians are devoted to changing the way audiences perceive classical music. They embrace a spectrum of composers, including many of colour who deserve far greater attention in performance and on recordings than they've received. The first volume of their newest recording project, ‘Uncovered', is an illuminating programme of music for string quartet, piano and clarinet by the Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), who was a teenage student at the Royal College of Music in London when he wrote these works.

The performances, captured with intimate clarity, couldn't be more loving. The Catalyst Quartet – whose second violinist on this recording, Jessie Montgomery, is developing an important career as a composer – play with sophistication and animation, and they collaborate with two exceptional musicians, pianist Stewart Goodyear and clarinettist Anthony McGill. Next up in the series is an album of works by Florence Price, to be followed, the booklet notes promise, by volumes devoted to Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still and George Walker.

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