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Gorecki: Complete String Quartets

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
2
Release Date:
24-04-2020
Packaging:
Brilliant Case (Jewel Case size, Holds 2 CDs)
Catalog Number:
ACD22802
Gorecki: Complete String Quartets (2CD)
Gorecki: Complete String Quartets (2CD)

Description

Known worldwide for his Symphony No. 3, 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs', Polish composer Henryk Górecki enjoys an exceptionally high profile as a composer of contemporary music. Now the Molinari Quartet has chosen to explore Gorecki's chamber works with this new recording of his complete string quartets.

Each quartet bears a descriptive title. The first, 'Ju? si? zmierzcha' (Already dusk is falling), is named after the opening line of a motet by a Polish Renaissance composer. The second, 'Quasi una fantasia', invokes Beethoven, acknowledged by Gorecki himself as his muse for his first two string quartets. The title of the third quartet, '... songs are sung', comes from a line by the Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov.

The Molinari Quartet has established itself as one of Canada's leading string quartets and has received nineteen Opus Prizes from the Quebec Music Council in recognition of its musical excellence. Critics describe the Molinari Quartet as an "essential" and "prodigious" ensemble, and "Canada's answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet.

The Molinari Quartet's recordings on ATMA Classique include the complete quartets of Schafer, Schnittke, Kurtág, and Gubaidulina. These albums have received international critical acclaim including two Editors' Choices by Gramophone magazine and rave reviews from The Strad, Fanfare, and Diapason, among others. The Molinari's recording of the complete Kurtag quartets received a 2016 Diapason d'Or and the 2017 Echo Klassik award for 20th and 21st century chamber music.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 62 'Already It Is Dusk' I. Deciso Marcatissimo Molto lento Tranquillo Allegro. Deciso Energico
  3. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64, Quasi una fantasia I. Largo Sosenuto - Mesto
  4. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64, Quasi una fantasiaII. Deciso - Energico: Marcatissimo Sempre
  5. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64, Quasi una fantasia III. Arioso. Adagio Cantabile Ma Molto Espressivo E Molto Appassionato
  6. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64, Quasi una fantasia IV. Allegro - Sempre Con Grande Passion E Molto Marcato
  7. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67,( Songs Are Sung) I. Adagio - Molto Andante - Cantabile
  8. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67,( Songs Are Sung) II. Largo Cantabile
  9. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67,( Songs Are Sung) III. Allegro, Sempre Ben Marcato
  10. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67,( Songs Are Sung) IV. Deciso - Espressivo Ma Ben Tenuto
  11. Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67,( Songs Are Sung) V. Largo - Tranquillo
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