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György Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

> String Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphoses nocturnes" - Allegro grazioso - Presto
> String Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphoses nocturnes" - Prestissimo - Andante tranquillo -
> String Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphoses nocturnes" - Tempo di valse, moderato, con eleganza, un poco capriccioso - Allegretto, un poco gioviale -
> String Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphoses nocturnes" - Subito allegro con moto - Prestissimo
> String Quartet No. 2 - I. Allegro nervoso
> String Quartet No. 2 - II. Sostenuto, molto calmo
> String Quartet No. 2 - III. Come un meccanismo di precisione
> String Quartet No. 2 - IV. Presto furioso, brutale, tumultuoso
> String Quartet No. 2 - V. Allegro con delicatezza
> Andante and Allegretto - Andante cantabile
> Andante and Allegretto - Allegretto poco capriccioso

Album Summary

>Ligeti, György : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Metamorphoses nocturnes")
>Ligeti, György : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Ligeti, György : Movements (2) for string quartet
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gyorgy Ligeti's choral and orchestral music hit the mainstream when it was featured in the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his equally remarkable chamber works remain less well known. While indebted to his compatriot Bartok for its folk-inflected passages, Ligeti's First Quartet, subtitled Metamorphoses nocturnes, is nonetheless a work of striking originality. The Second Quartet, composed around fifteen years later, abounds in contrasts between glacial stillness and manic activity, mechanistic pizzicatos and gentle oscillations. His early Andante and Allegro is richly expressive and easily accessible.

"Here is another relatively new quartet plunging into the recording fray with 'high-end' repertory and reaping the rewards of their apparent fearlessness...the recordings have the conviction and character of single takes...The Parkers...make one eager to hear more contemporary repertoire from them" -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (10/01/2007-10/03/2007).



Reviews

Musical Metamorphosis
Ligeti only wrote two string quartets in his lifetime (regrettably), but both are superb examples of the form, in which the composer’s unique synthesis of atonal and lyrical elements are on full and glorious display. The First String Quartet was written in 1953-54, when Ligeti’s musical language was still evolving, and is unsurprisingly more traditional in form. Yet even at this early stage, his work betrayed his experimental nature. The melodic line, while highly accessible, proceeds in nervous, jagged fashion, engaging the listener emotionally while keeping him or her off balance intellectually. This characteristic duality would become more pronounced as Ligeti’s art matured. The four movements alternate between moments of almost frenzied atonality with passages of heartbreaking lyricism and stillness. Also noteworthy is how Ligeti concentrates on the sound of each instrument, making the distinct tonal textures of violin, viola and cello integral elements of the musical narrative. The Second String Quartet is a much different and far more formidable animal, foregrounding the radical abstraction of its harmonic and rhythmic contours. A pronounced sense of restlessness and foreboding pervades the first four movements, with the threat (or promise) of a violent explosion at any moment. The writing has a muscular, at times brutal power. Yet for all its fierce experimentation, it’s no less accessible than Ligeti’s earlier, more conventional quartet, and the beatific serenity of the last movement is one of the most moving, if enigmatic, five minutes of music you’re likely to come across.
Submitted on 03/01/11 by Dean Brierly 
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>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Métamorphoses nocturnes")
  • Ensemble: Parker Quartet (String Quartet)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (10/01/2007-10/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1953-1954

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Ensemble: Parker Quartet (String Quartet)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (10/01/2007-10/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1968

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Movements (2) for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Parker Quartet (String Quartet)
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (10/01/2007-10/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1950