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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.



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