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GINASTERA, A.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Shelton, Enso Quartet)

Composer(s):Ginastera, Alberto
Artist(s) Enso String Quartet, Ensemble • Shelton, Lucy, soprano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570780
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Naxos’s recording of Ginastera’s Complete Music for Cello and Piano (8.570569) was hailed for ‘the music’s percussive rhythms as well as its reflective and mysterious melodic invention’ by The Strad. Similarly, each of his highly individual and engaging string quartets abound in kinetic energy, glowingly evocative writing and the ever-present rhythms and sounds of his native Argentinean music. In his expressive Third String Quartet a solo soprano, fully integrated into the quartet texture, sings texts by Alberti, Jiménez and Lorca to create an intensely coloured spectrum of words and music.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

Among the most arresting string quartets written in the post-Second World War years, the three by Alberto Ginastera have yet to acquire the high esteem in which they should be held. In his early years he had composed highly coloured scores influenced by the melodies and rhythms of South America, and of his native Argentina in particular. But by the time he composed the First Quartet in 1948 he had entered into a phase, to use his own words, when ‘it was time to drop ethnic realism in favour of the creation of an imagined folklore’. Having heard these scores a few times I know what he means, but it had taken him a long way from the popular Ginastera of former years. To say that in the string quartets he became the Bartok of South America is an



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