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Górecki: The Three String Quartets / Royal String Quartet

Album Summary

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Already It Is Dusk"), Op. 62
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Quasi una Fantasia"), Op. 64
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("...songs are sung"), Op. 67
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Henryk Górecki's intriguing String Quartets, all commissions from the Kronos Quartet, signified a new creative phase in his music. The stark contrasts that had been at the heart of Górecki's compositional thinking in the 1950s and 1960s reemerged in his chamber music of the mid 1980s and are prevalent in these works. Fans of Górecki will be familiar with the compositional devices employed such as open fifths, sustained rocking motifs, and the juxtaposition of dissonance and consonance. In these distinctive quartets both Beethoven and Szymanowski's well-documented influences on the composer are apparent as well as his fascination with the folk cultures of Southern Poland, with the frequent incorporation of folk derived themes. The Royal String Quartet, renowned for the championing of music from their homeland, display an astonishing range of color, finesse and attack in these intelligent interpretations.

“The Royal Quartet is outstanding in every respect...The sheer poise of the playing in the last movement of the Third, never slackening for a moment, is absolutely remarkable... This is an outstanding tribute to a great composer.” -International Record Review

"The Polish members of the Royal Quartet penetrate the core of the three string quartets by their compatriot Górecki. They’re tougher on the ear than his renowned Third Symphony, though stamped with the same stark simplicity. Each piece swings between concord, dissonance, calm and fury, with Polish folk music lurking on the horizon." -The Times

"The quartets were commissioned by Kronos...but the Royal's performances rival them with playing that is passionate and sharp-edged, capturing the emotional depth and intensity of the music equally vividly." -BBC Music Magazine

"These are utterly committed recordings and capture the smiting power of Górecki’s writing in playing of shockingly indefatigable violence fully attuned to his long sentences and paragraphs." -MusicWeb-International

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/08/2010-02/11/2010).



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Works Details

>Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Already It Is Dusk"), Op. 62
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/08/2010-02/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Quasi una Fantasia"), Op. 64
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/08/2010-02/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("...songs are sung"), Op. 67
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/08/2010-02/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 55 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994-1995