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Kronos Quartet - Alfred Schnittke - The Complete String Quartets (1998)

2-09-2016, 08:31
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Alfred Schnittke - The Complete String Quartets
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Nonesuch Records
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue) / MP3 320 Kbps
Total Time: 63:29 + 43:22
Total Size: 497 Mb / 316 Mb


CD1 - String Quartets Nos.1-3, Canon in Memory of I. Stravinsky
String Quartet No. 1 (1966)
1. I. Sonata
2. II. Canon
3. III. Cadenza
4. Canon in Memory of I. Stravinsky (1971)
String Quartet No. 2 (1980)
5. I. Moderato
6. II. Agitato
7. III. Mesto
8. IV. Moderato
String Quartet No. 3 (1983)
9. I. Andante
10. II. Agitato
11. III. Pesante

CD2 - String Quartet No. 4, Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled With Grief
String Quartet No. 4 (1989)
1. I. Lento
2. II. Allegro
3. III. Lento
4. IV. Vivace
5. V. Lento
6. Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled With Grief (1984-5)

Kronos Quartet:

David Harrington, Violin
John Sherba, Violin
Hank Dutt, Viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, Cello

Alfred Schnittke is one of the most prolific and interesting composers of the 20th century. Heir to the Russian traditions of Shostakovich, Schnittke's music is both steeped in the past and wildly experimental. Schnittke composed in serial, free atonal, neoclassical and religious styles, and thus it is hard to get a grasp on him by listening to just one work. This collection of the complete string quartets allows us to gain a perspective on much of his compositional genius, from the serial 1st Quartet to the almost mystical 4th.
Schnittke's music is dense and emotionally extreme, powerful and at times angry. The Kronos Quartet handles the material with a mastery we have come to expect from this fine ensemble. After hearing many CDs in which Kronos is amplified, it is refreshing to know that their acoustic sound and technique are just as nuanced as ever. And they have the unique ability to make difficult music--which in other hands might sound dry and academic--so incredibly hip. Angular, intense Schnittke never sounded better.






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tiger   User offline   16 December 2015 16:02

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gibheid   User offline   16 December 2015 17:41

Thanks tirexiss.

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