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  • Performer: Matthew Denton
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B003IP2YIA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quartet No. 2, 'Company' (1983)
2. String Quartet No. 3,'Mishima' (1985)
3. StringQuartet No. 1 (1966)
4. String Quartet No. 4, 'Buczak' (1989)

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Carducci String Quartet

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By performing these works with an intense and focused detachment,the Carduccis allow the music to speak for itself.They also get it right on the only work which demands a degree of emotional intensity-the early,proto-minimalist String Quartet No1-whch,in its use of epigrammatic atonal cycles,sounds like Webern fragments looped over and over again. --Gramophone,Sept 2010

The Carucci Quartet's performances are a marvel of sensitivity,and the recorded sound has a lovely soft glow. **** --Sunday Telegraph,03/07/2010

the Carducci String Quartet were stunning...they are clearly musicians of high intelligence.'' --The Times

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2010
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This album features four of Glass' five quartets, offering splendidly committed, fresh and exciting performances from the Carducci Quartet, aa award-winning young chamber group. His Quartet No.2 'Company', a darkly-toned and emotionally moving meditation, has a starker, more naked presence than the orchestral versions of this, and feels all the more appropriate. The three remaining quartets are much longer: No3 'Mishima' celebrates the life and death of the Japanese writer and playwright, and is suitably throbbing with melodies which embrace life and colour, yet with a elegiac conclusion. His No.1 Quartet is from 1966, and is a much more difficult and astringent piece, very atypical of his work now.
The real surprise here is Quartet No.4 'Buczak', a vibrant, fresh and searching quartet which, though never free of Glass' trademark preference for melody and pulse, is nevertheless much closer to a 'classical' quartet, recalling memories of Dvorak, amongst others. This beautifully played lyrical piece has melody to spare, and the excitement of new country being explored, and was a beguiling and unexpected delight. Well worth acquiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pubsampler on 9 July 2011
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This is an oustanding CD that is a "must" for any serious collector of the music of Glass. True, others may marginally prefer the recording by the Kronos Quartet, but this version of these technically difficult yet intensly involving compositions is a decidedly strong one. I find Quartet No 1 stark and sterile, but possibly the producer felt the same and it is tucked away between the three other gems.

Highly recommended- and others have said the same to me.
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By jafa on 3 Mar. 2014
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a work of genius!
filled with a deep longing which seems to hang beneath a pulse of everyday crazy life and brashness. to be listened to alone, drinking single malt and watching the sun set over the treetops!
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By MRS D C MARTIN on 22 Jan. 2015
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Didn't think I liked Glass until I attended a concert by the Carducci Quartet and was totally blown away by his second string quartet. Played by the very best string quartet ever helped! I did download a version by the Paul Klee 4tet which sounded nothing like this - buy this one!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Quartets by Glass: What a delightful surprise! 13 July 2010
By Leonard Bogat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While I am not a rabid Philip Glass fan, I do enjoy his music and believe him to be an important composer of the last third century. But this recording of four string quartets by Glass has taken me quite by surprise. It is almost as though writing for string quartet elicited from the composer a care for the qualities and capabilities of the ensemble that makes this music very appealing to me.

I was less enamored of the first quartet which dates from 1966 and struck me as music that could have been written for any combination of instruments, almost begging for a Webern-like woodwind treatment. But the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quartets, written between 1983 and 1989, found me entirely convinced by this music qua string quartet. Each made me wish it would go on longer than it did, very much the way Schubert sometimes does. I often found myself thinking of Schubert as I listened, not because the music sounds like Schubert, perhaps because Glass seems very comfortable in his skin with these pieces in a way that recalls Schubert to mind when he is at his most eloquent.

The Carducci String Quartet play wonderfully well and with great tonal sensitivity. They too seem to be responding to the quality of the writing for their combination of instruments, their tempi and balances are perfection, and the music at their hands has life, direction and great subtlety.

The recording itself is outstanding. There is a compelling, sometimes caressing, physical presence about it that envelopes the listener, very beautiful, very comforting. I don't believe I have enjoyed a performance by a string quartet this much in a very long time.

Another winning compact disc from NAXOS American Classics.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beguiling Chamber Music 26 Sept. 2010
By Sentinel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album features four of Glass' five quartets, offering splendidly committed, fresh and exciting performances from the Carducci Quartet, an award-winning young chamber group. His Quartet No.2 'Company', a darkly-toned and emotionally moving meditation, has a starker, more naked presence than the orchestral versions of this, and feels all the more appropriate. The three remaining quartets are much longer: No3 'Mishima' celebrates the life and death of the Japanese writer and playwright, and is suitably throbbing with melodies which embrace life and colour, yet with a elegiac conclusion. His No.1 Quartet is from 1966, and is a much more difficult and astringent piece, very atypical of his work now.
The real surprise here is Quartet No.4 'Buczak', a vibrant, fresh and searching quartet which, though never free of Glass' trademark preference for melody and pulse, is nevertheless much closer to a 'classical' quartet, recalling memories of Dvorak, amongst others. This beautifully played lyrical piece has melody to spare, and the excitement of new country being explored, and was a beguiling and unexpected delight. Well worth acquiring.
A delightful chamber presentation 20 Oct. 2010
By K. Feucht - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am not a big fan of Philip Glass, but these quartets were quite appealing to me. True, they possessed a minimalist aspect to them, with much repetitive structures. In opera, minimalism creates boredom. It does just the opposite in the string quartets, creating a relaxed, meditative atmosphere. Yet, Glass maintains enough character to the overall flow of the pieces to lend character and distinction to each movement and each quartet. This made listening a joy rather than a matter of endurance. These quartets are a "must hear" for anybody who enjoys the whole panoply of classic music.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Glass On Naxos 13 July 2010
By Classics Explorer - Published on Amazon.com
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Naxos does hits and misses, inevitable I suppose with all the music they put out. Glass is good, but don't expect to hear the all the instruments distinctly here. For whatever reason naxos often opts to play quartets in big echoey churches, as is this quartet music. Thus the music is on the bassy side. It is enjoyable still, just not as accessible as say, his violin concerto. Really, If you want quality Glass, your gonna have to fork a few more bucks down and buy the Kronos recording which I don't own, but I know sounds more clearer. That's what I do, I let people know about sound quality, because in classical music, that means more than in other types of music. Buy this only if your a die hard glass fan and you can't or don't wanna buy kronos version. It takes some getting use to be, but it can be enjoyed.
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