RONALD CENTER (1913-1973): Chamber and Instrumental Music, Vol. 2 - String Quartets No. 1, No. 2 & No. 3.
Catalogue Number: 09X011
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0533
Description: Center is sometimes described as ‘the Scottish Bartók’, and his music does indeed capture some of the stark, wild energy of the Scottish landscape in a style of Bartókian asperity. These three string quartets (c.1955, 1962-64 and 1967) show him, in his northeast corner of Scotland, to have been fully conversant with the quartets being written around the same time by Barber, Britten and Shostakovich, but their direct manner, terse expression, wiry humor and roots in Scottish folk-music ensure that Center is his own man. Fejes Quartet.