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Glass: String Quartets Nos.1-4 (String Quartets Nos. 1-4) CD

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Product details

  • 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 (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Review

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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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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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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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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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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This was a purchase to fill a gap because one of the quartets not included in my "Glass Box" is here.
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.
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