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Andrés Isasi (1890-1940): String Quartets, Nos. 3 and 4 / Isasi Quartet

Album Summary

>Isasi, Andres : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 31
>Isasi, Andres : Quartet for Strings no 3 in E minor ("Unfinished"), Op. 30
>Isasi, Andres : Aria, for string quartet in D major
>Isasi, Andres : Scherzetto, for string quartet in F minor
>Isasi, Andres : Preludio, for string quartet in A major ("Jinete de Abril"), Op. 51/1
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Notes & Reviews:

The second of three volumes devoted to Andres Isasi's complete string quartets is again performed by the composer's foremost champions, the Isasi Quartet, who premiered all the works on this recording. String Quartet No. 4 in D major reveals his vibrant and imaginative use of textures and his affiliations with the music of Dvorak. Though unfinished, the 1921 String Quartet No. 3 in E minor fuses melodic richness and serenity. Each of the three smaller pieces shows contrast and warmth, not least the beautifully eloquent Prelude in A major.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Andres Isasi (1890-1940) was a Basque composer born in Bilbao; Grieg and Dvorak influenced him, and he studied with Karl Kampf and Engelbert Humperdinck. 'Jinete de Abril' from the 1930s show distinct growth, with bolder harmonies and more drama. I'd be interested in hearing more of Isasi's late music. The playing is spectacular.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Château d'Arcangues, France (12/18/2011-12/22/2011).



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>Isasi, Andres : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 31
  • Ensemble: Isasi String Quartet
  • Notes: Château d'Arcangues, France (12/18/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Isasi, Andres : Quartet for Strings no 3 in E minor ("Unfinished"), Op. 30
  • Notes: Château d'Arcangues, France (12/18/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Isasi, Andres : Aria, for string quartet in D major
  • Notes: Château d'Arcangues, France (12/18/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Isasi, Andres : Scherzetto, for string quartet in F minor
  • Notes: Château d'Arcangues, France (12/18/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isasi, Andres : Preludio, for string quartet in A major ("Jinete de Abril"), Op. 51/1
  • Notes: Château d'Arcangues, France (12/18/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934