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CARTER, E.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5 (Pacifica Quartet)

Composer(s)Carter, Elliott
Artist(s) Pacifica Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559362
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
 
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Released to celebrate the American master Elliott Carter’s centenary, this is the first of two discs of the complete String Quartets. Carter himself has written: ‘I probably decided to write what was to be the First Quartet when I read about a composition prize in Liège, Belgium, because there were many ideas swarming around in my imagination about expression, rhythm, and harmony, mostly derived from my Cello Sonata ... Then my Second, Third, and Fourth Quartets developed my imaginings in different ways until I began to realize that soon I would exhaust this direction, and so my Fifth Quartet became a farewell to the previous four and an exploration of a new vision.’


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CARTER, E.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5 (Pacifica Quartet) 1:00:33   
  String Quartet No. 1          
      I. Maestoso 9:08       
      I. Allegro scorrevole (from bar 356) 3:28       
      II. Allegro scorrevole 1:19       
      II. Adagio (from bar 57) 11:58       
      III. Variations 13:28       
  String Quartet No. 5          
      Introduction 1:30       
      I. Giocoso 2:31       
      Interlude I 1:05       
      II. Lento espressivo 2:12       
      Interlude II 1:22       
      III. Presto scorrevole 1:07       
      Interlude III 1:29       
      IV. Allegro energico 1:53       
      Interlude IV 1:59       
      V. Adagio sereno 2:47       
      Interlude V 1:39       
      VI. Capriccioso 1:38       
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