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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described string quartet music as "four rational people conversing."  One wonders what Goethe might have said after listening to the releases in this feature.  The titles below each comprise an update to the string quartet, varying from mild to wild. The two quartets by William Walton show his range in compositional style across a quarter century. The first is by a teenage Walton eager to challenge the world with his music; the second, by a seasoned composer- assured and relaxed. We include another Doric String Quartet recording of Korngold, picked as an Editor's Choice by Gramophone Magazine.  Next are three Naxos recordings, including the genre-defying 'Songs without Words' by Bruce Wolosoff; then two from Gabriel Prokofiev that take the string quartet in entirely new directions.  Finally, the wildest of all, a collaboration between the ever-adventurous Kronos Quartet, and a Finnish duo of accordion and dj called Mariko.


Featured Releases:


CHAN10611
KORNGOLD, E.W.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Doric String Quartet)
 
CHAN10661
WALTON, W.: String Quartets (Doric String Quartet)
 
8.572421
TANEYEV, S.I.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 2 (Carpe Diem String Quartet) - Nos. 2, 4
 
8.559663
WOLOSOFF, B.: Songs Without Words (Carpe Diem String Quartet)
 
 
8.572578
Ronald Corp's 2 string quartets (Maggini String Quartet)
 
NONCLSS001
PROKOFIEV, G.: String Quartet No. 1 with Remixes (Elysian Quartet)
 
NONCLSS003
PROKOFIEV, G.: String Quartet No. 2 with Remixes (Elysian Quartet)
 
ODE1185-2
POHJONEN, K. / KOSMINEN, S.: Uniko (Kronos Quartet, Pohjonen, Kosminen)
 


No longer new but still relevant, we include complete string quartet cycles from Heitor Villa-Lobos and Vagn Holmboe.
During this feature, take 20% off any of these companion titles.


DOR-90205
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1, 6, 17 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
 
DOR-90220
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 3, 8, 14 (Quarteto Latinoamericano)
 
DOR-93179
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 4 - Nos. 2, 12, 16 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
 
DOR-93211
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 5 - Nos. 5, 10, 13 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
 
DOR-93229
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: String Quartets, Vol. 6 - Nos. 4, 9, 11 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
 
DCCD 9203
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 4 (Kontra Quartet)
 
 
8.224026
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 2, 5, and 6
 
8.224073
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 7, 8 and 9 (Kontra Quartet)
 
8.224101
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 10, 11, and 12 (Kontra Quartet)
 
8.224127
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 (Kontra Quartet)
 
8.224131
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 16 and 18 / Svaerm (Kontra Quartet)
 
8.224128
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 17, 19 and 20
 

*Offer available from March 16 to 29, 2011 only.

 



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