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SZYMANOWSKI: String Quartets / STRAVINSKY: Concertino

Composer(s):Stravinsky, IgorSzymanowski, Karol
Artist(s) Goldner String Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.554315
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Even within the comparatively limited medium of the string quartet, Szymanowski creates characteristically rich and exotic texture in these original and tautly constructed works. They were written ten years apart in 1917 and 1927, demonstrating the way his style was developing ever more personally over that period. Occasionally echoing Debussy and Ravel, they make a pointful contrast with Stravinsky’s characteristically cryptic essays in the genre, sharp and often brittle. The Golden Quartet prove understanding, refined interpreters of both composers, playing with rapt intensity in the hushed slow movements of the Szymanowski works. Excellent sound.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

On Naxos Stravinsky’s bright and brittle miniatures for String Quartet, with their compressed and cryptic arguments, make a striking contrast with the rich and exotic quartet of Szymanowski. The excellent Goldner Quartet plays them with dramatic bite, underlining that contrast. Excellent sound.


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