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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 Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


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.’


   




Review By William Yeoman,The West Australian,September 2008

This first volume is a knockout, featuring the raw, uncompromising String Quartet No. 1 of 1951 and the lo-less-challenging No. 5 from the mid-90s in searing focused performances. Carter fans and first-timers wanting to broaden their musical horizons will want to snap this up right away.




Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2008

That I have yet to enjoy anything written by Elliott Carter matters not one iota, his exalted place in American music having stood the test of time. Grandfather to the nation’s cutting edge of musical modernity, unswervingly his life has been largely devoted to the concept of atonality. He leaves his music for future generations who may become attuned to his musical abstraction. Carter did once say that “each new piece is a crisis in my life”, but he has never looked backwards, and has been fascinated by a brave new and adventurous world. Having studied at Harvard his mature musical education took place in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, his return to the States leaving him without any developed musical objective. Indeed he was 43 when the First String Quartet was

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