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  • Composer: Henryck Gorecki
  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B004NWHVNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Already It Is Dusk, 'String Quartet No. 1', Op. 62
  2. Largo Sostenuto, Mesto
  3. Deciso, Energico, Marcatissimo Sempre
  4. Arioso. Adagio Cantabile Ma Molto Espressivo E Molto Appassionato
  5. Allegro Sempre Con Grande Passione E Molto Marcato

Disc: 2

  1. Adagio, Molto Andante, Cantabile
  2. Largo Cantabile
  3. Allegro Sempre Con Grande Passione E Molto Marcato
  4. Deciso, Espressivo Ma Ben Tenuto
  5. Largo, Tranquillo

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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

Review

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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Gorecki's calling for writing string quartets came late in his life, the three he did (a fourth was left unfinished) came about in a relative short timespan, between 1988 and 1995. So he might have enjoyed the genre, because it shows. All three commissioned, premièred and recorded by the Kronos Quartet, also the dedicates, one has to come of good breed to compete with these guys. There is much to be said for having works performed by compatriots, but these quartets were also released recently by the Silesian Quartet. Because that disc is hard to obtain? Or mastering this material is giving off your calling-card? The Royal String Quartet from Warsaw interprete it excellently. I am only acquainted with the First by Kronos and although I must say they win, it's only by decimal points. This is a Hyperion production, so excellency in all fields is guaranteed.
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.
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High quality music, delightfully interpreted by the Royal Quartet.
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.
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This is Gorecki's string quartets played by Royal String Quartet.
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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Worth a try as this music is mesmerising. The young Royals get into idiom here; I heard them play at the Chopin Academy in May 2009 and they are simply superb.
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This collection is heavenly, regardless of your preference for genre. It brings me to another world, what a beautiful collection
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HASH(0x8e665f24) out of 5 stars Outstanding work 27 Nov. 2012
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My detailed review of this work is found on the "other" release....same observations apply. Take a moment to look up the version released by Kronos....even though the work was conceived to be played by Kronos, the subject performance is outstanding and in no way inferior.

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.
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