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Gyorgy Ligeti; Samual Barber: String Quartets / Keller Quartett

Album Summary

>Ligeti, György : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Metamorphoses nocturnes")
>Barber, Samuel : Quartet for Strings op. 11
>Ligeti, György : Quartet for Strings no 2
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

An album that bridges musical worlds, with the Molto Adagio of Samuel Barber's String Quartet No.1 offered as tonal terra firma between Gyorgy Ligeti's restlessly shifting first and second quartets. Midi-20th century, Barber and Ligeti would have been considered aesthetic opposites. "Ligeti was all about leaving what for Barber was solid home", Paul Griffiths notes in the liner text. From an contemporary perspective both composers are voices from the past, their present-day relevance emphasized in the committed performances. "Physically actualized in the recording, the music is being all the time remade by the performers searching for what a moti can convey and finding an abundance of expressive contours in Ligeti's quartets as much as in Barber's. The Hungary's foremost string quartet paying tribute to the great innovator of modern Hungarian music. The 2011 recording of the second Ligeti quartet documents also a change in the line-up of Andras Keller's ensemble, with Zsofia Kornyei, widely considered one of the outstanding violinist of her generation, replacing long-serving Keller Quartett member Janos Pilz.

The Times, 13th July 2013
Tremendously abrasive, intense performances.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
The Budapest-based Keller Quartet handle the individual demands of both composers thoughtfully. A cleaner, cooler, more controlled Barber I doubt you'll find: zero warbling vibrato, no emotive hard-sell.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radio Studio DRS, Zürich (06/2007/10/2011).


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Works Details

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Métamorphoses nocturnes")
  • Ensemble: Keller Quartett
  • Running Time: 22 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1953-1954

>Barber, Samuel : Quartet for Strings op. 11 :: Molto adagio
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Running Time: 20 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1968