Gorecki: The Three String Quartets
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Already it is dusk (Quatuor n°1), op.62 - Quasi una fantasia (Quatuor n°2), op.64 - ... songs are sung (Quatuor n°3), op.67 / Royal String Quartet
The Royal Quartet is outstanding in every respect.This is an outstanding tribute to a great composer. --IRR,Apr'11
Royal's performance is passionate and sharp-edged,capturing the emotional depth and intensity of the music equally vividly. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,May'11
The string quartets of a Polish master receive potent new performances.The preferred choice. EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone,June'11
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The First quartet gets its title Already it is dusk, from the opening line of a children's nightprayer. The music is dark indeed. It starts off contemplative and with a few dissonants, but soon it swells and contracts, alternating between raw and tender, the musicians hacking and sawing with their bows, ending the piece in some sort of despair. Very captivating, but as Gorecki's output was rather varied, not for tender souls who expect some repeat of his one-hit-wonder.
The same can be said for Quasi una fantasia, the second quartet and in four parts, clocking double time at 33 minutes. The build-up is much longer here. The intro is subdued, more romantic, the pitch stays low throughout. Then suddenly the players attack their instruments in hypnotic repetitions, the texture changing all the time. Unsettling chords start the the third movement that soon turns from sour into sweet introspectiveness.Read more ›
Be warned, though, that if you only know Gorecki's justly most famous composition,
moving and grandiose Symphony 3, this is something less easily accessible.
It shows adequately, though, that he was a composer fully living in today's music.
It's ultra dark chamber works, specially the third. I listen to them, and I love this dobbel cd's from the Hyperion label.
If you looking for modern chamber music, bye this. I recondmand it with no hestitate. This is a winner.
Hyperion does it again, maybe the best classical music record label for the moment. The Best work here is the number three. (CD 2)
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Be sure to see my review of the Kronos release for insight into the quote from Khlebnikov that formed the "name sake" for this work.