Glazunov: String Quartets nos 1 & 7, Vol. 5 / Utrecht String Quartet

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>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 1
>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 7 in C major ("Hommage au passe"), Op. 107

Album Summary

>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 1
>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 7 in C major ("Hommage au passe"), Op. 107
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Notes & Reviews:

Crescendo
This release marks the end of a magnificent project. The Utrecht String Quartet has an absolute command of form, enthusing listeners with a nuanced wealth of tone colours. “The Utrecht String Quartet plays the powerful works with sovereignty and offers a sophisticated tonal culture...

International Record Review, May 2012
There is certainly some very fine singing here and the playing of the period-instrument Armonia Atenea...is lively...Ardent Gluckians with good Italian will certainly want to acquire this set and they will be rewarded by virtuosic and long-lined singing.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012
De Risio's performance with Armonia Atenea is one of tireless dynamism, the trumpets, oboes and kettle drums parade-ground smart in the overture and tempestuous sinfonias...With the possible exception of Vassilis Kavayas's Porsenna (too much the cartoon villain), the casting favours clear, agile voices.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2012
[Nesi and Karaianni] both deal expertly with the bravura passages...Nesi's singing of the slow 'Saper ti basti' is wondrous: her appealing mezzo combined with soft horns and strings makes you realise why Gluck was so admired in the 18th century for his evocation of classical antiquity...All the characters deliver the recitatives in exemplary style. The conducting and the playing are first-rate.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
The musicians of the original-instrument band Armonia Atenea acquit themselves with distinction. There is no lack of drama...The singers too seem inspired by their voyage of discovery. Clearly an element of vocal virtuosity was one of the opera's priorities, and there is never any suggestion that such enthusiasms are denied in this performance. As such, several of the performances must be every inch as heroic as those experienced at Bologna in 1763.

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Recording information: 06/27/2011-06/29/2011.



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>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 1
  • Ensemble: Utrecht String Quartet
  • Notes: 06/27/2011-06/29/2011
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1882

>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 7 in C major ("Hommage au passé"), Op. 107
  • Notes: 06/27/2011-06/29/2011
  • Running Time: 30 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1930