Glass: String Quartets Nos.1-4 (String Quartets Nos. 1-4) CD
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Highly recommended- and others have said the same to me.
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!
Glass' work covers all sorts of formats but I find his quartets to be particularly engaging. Beauty; tragedy; stress. It's all here. I expected no less than great composing.
I bought this off a shelf in a shop (unusual these days I know) without checking for reviews. I'm glad I did because I've found it to be a recording of great quality. The quartet are so finely balanced and clear. I've played it once through and I'm listening again as I write. Bargain disc.