This recording is an aural feast for the string quartet enthusiast. Here culled from the archives of Centrediscs and CBC, and released on compact disc for the first time, are quartets by three of Canada’s most respected and well-known composers. from the folksong-like dance rhythms of Morawetz through the gritty dark polyphony of Somers to the cantorial lyricism of Glick, there is a great range of emotions and musical colours in these string quartets, and something for every classical musical listener to enjoy.

« Taken from CBC recordings made available in the early ’80s but never available until now, three outstanding string quartets by three of Canada’s best known composers are collected on this Canadian Music Centre disc… There is taste and intelligence here. Easily recommended. » – Edmonton Journal


1-3. String Quartet No.2


4. String Quartet No.3


5-6. String Quartet No.1


Orford String Quartet: Andrew Dawes, first violin; Kenneth Perkins, second violin; Terence Helmer, viola; Denis Brott, cello.
Purcell String Quartet: Sydney Humphreys & Brian King, violins; Phillipe Etter, viola; Ian Hampton, cello.