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Born in Catalonia and Arnold Schönberg s sole Spanish student,Roberto Gerhard is,after Manuel de Falla,the boldest and most brilliant representative of the music of his country.Forced into the exile by the Spanish civil war,he became a British citizen and spent his last years in Cambridge.Although they never met,the connection with the Arditti Quartet seems to have been preordained,as illustrated by this superb recording of what can be considered the composer's masterworks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quartets extending the Second Vienna School tradition 20 Mar. 2016
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I was unfamiliar with Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970) before this Arditti Quartet disc appeared in 2013. Gerhard was, among other things, "Schoenberg's Spanish student." He studied with Schoenberg in both Vienna and Berlin from 1924 to 1928, whereupon he returned to his native Barcelona. There he played an energetic role promoting New Music, and was active in cultural affairs with the Republican government, and he remained in close contact with Schoenberg. He fled in advance of Franco and the fascists, and spent the rest of his life in exile in Cambridge, England. Today he is widely seen to be the successor to Manuel de Falla in the Spanish tradition.

Gerhard's quartets are of course highly recommended to any devotees of the Second Vienna School. I cannot speak to the quality of these recordings vis a vis the earlier recordings by the Kreutzer Quartet, but the Arditti Quartet plays them superbly.

String Quartet No. 1 (1950-1955 -- 22'09)
Chaconne for Solo Violin (1959 -- 18'48)
String Quartet No. 2 (1960-1962 -- 13'36)

After repeated listening I find the First Quartet to be the most impressive of the three works, a more traditional quartet, in four movements, than the more radical Second Quartet, which employs all manner of unorthodox effects in seven continuous sections. The First Quartet's first movement is the most overtly influenced by Schoenberg. It combines 12-tone technique with a reinterpreted sonata form design. Spanish rhythms mark it as unique to Gerhard, and as Malcolm MacDonald puts it in the liner notes, "there is a dry, sinewy, ironic feel to the movement's motion, building to a dynamic climax before evanescing in the final bars as if the music is vanishing in a puff of smoke." Bartok's great quartets are an unavoidable influence as well. This quartet will sound recognizable to anyone familiar with the quartets of Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, and Bartok. It is an excellent work that can easily stand with those better known pieces.

The "Chaconne" is a compelling update of the form irrevocably associated with Bach. Gerhard created a 20th century update based on permutations of a 12-tone row. Irvine Arditti performs it with panache.

The Second Quartet concentrates on "sound in motion as such ... a succession of sonic events unfolding in time." The piece "explores three different types of continuity: rhythmically fluid passages, apparently static yet pulsating patterns, which make use of indeterminate pitch, and action experienced in extreme slow motion. Pitch and time-series are organized more rigorously than in the First Quartet, but this is not immediately evident to the ear because of the vivid array of techniques and sounds produced by the strings.

I find myself compelled to listen to this disc again and again, always finding something new. If you are interested in 20th century string quartets, and especially the Second Vienna School, I strongly recommend that you hear Gerhard's string quartets!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerhard/Arditti: Unqualified Perfection, 10/10 4 May 2013
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For years, the Kreutzer Quartet's has been our only only recording of Gerhard's frankly wonderful two string quartets. Were there any recordings in the lp era? Here is a case for the word "neglected", and the question "why?" The Kreutzer are no doubt the Arditti's peers, having traversed Finnissy and Coates, along with other odd 20th century repertoire.

But, the actual sound quality of the Metier Sound + Vision disc (not much 'sound' in the S+V?), can we agree?, is a touch, not muffled, but slightly distant in a noticeable way, taking away from the inner life of the instruments' up-front sound production. It's just not a great recording. "Serviceable" is the word the critics use?

Well, of course, what did you expect from the Ardittis, in this, one of their few (lately at least) "traditional" composers, if I may? Frankly, the two groups seem more than equals in the playing department, I mean I don't think we ever had a problem with the Kreutzers' playing. So, in a way, that part of the new disc is a vanity disappointment. But I'm not going to knock the Arditti just because the Kreutzer perform just as well.

The main point is of course the highly anticipated sound quality that anyone could be forgiven for expecting in this new release. I would have staked the Ferrari on a 10/10 rating, and that's what we naturally get out of the folks at Aeon (surely any, and every, modern recording company has done right by the Ardittis?). Well, again a vanity disappointment, because, all we get is perfect sound, which, I'm sure, we've all fantasized whilst listening to the Metier. I guess I loved the music so much that their sound quality was easily overlooked; here, presented to us, is simply the manifestation of everyone's fantasies.

So maybe the true wonder of this disc is Arditti performing the Chaconne for Solo Violin (the Metier disc is a paltry 37 minutes). In a way, if you also have the Stradivarius cd of the Piano Trio and the Cello Sonata, and the Largo disc of Gemini for Piano and Violin, then you can also forgo the other Meteir disc of chamber works. The inclusion of the Chaconne here simplifies the Gerhard discography for at least one pleaser seeker!

All in all, this disc should win all awards possible. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION
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