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Penderecki: String Quartets Nos. 1-3; Lutoslawski: String Quartet / Royal String Quartet

Album Summary

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Blatter eines nicht geschriebenen Tagebuches")
>Lutoslawski, Witold : String Quartet
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Royal String Quartet, a wonderful young Polish ensemble, continues its exploration of the string quartet repertoire of its homeland with this album of music by two giants of the twentieth century. Witold Lutoslawski, whose centenary is celebrated in 2013, wrote his one and only string quartet in 1964 and it has since maintained an eminent position in the international repertoire. Krzysztof Penderecki (born 1933) was the most talked-about Polish composer in the early 1960s and remains an important presence in contemporary music. His three string quartets (1960, 1968 and 2008) are key works in the history of the post-war Polish quartet.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
[the Penderecki's] not the sort of music that comes off if played half-heartedly, and the Royal String Quartet, with a detailed, clear recording, give it a natural precision and direction...[the Lutoslawski] clearly encourages heightened listening between these players: the structure and pacing remain taut, and it packs the emotional punch. This is great chamber music.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The Royal Quartet is a Polish group dedicated to the small repertoire of Polish string quartets. There are works by Szymanowski and Bacewicz. Performances are exemplary.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/26/2012-03/28/2012).



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Works Details

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Ensemble: Royal String Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/26/2012-03/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/26/2012-03/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Blätter eines nicht geschriebenen Tagebuches")
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/26/2012-03/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Lutoslawski, Witold : String Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/26/2012-03/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964