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MARTINU: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Three Horsemen

Composer(s):Martinu, Bohuslav
Artist(s) Martinu Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.553782
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The First Quartet lasts almost 40 minutes and is known as the ‘French’ (the nickname was Martinu’s own) and what it lacks in individuality it makes up for in craftsmanship. The Second Quartet (1925) is more concentrated and more complex, and its greater density of incident reflects the influence of Roussel, with whom Martinu was studying. The fill-up is a remarkably accomplished first recording of Tri jezdci, which was written when the composer was twelve. The Martinu Quartet play with spirit and the recording is decent: fresh and lifelike without being outstanding.


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