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SCENE Van Delden: Complete String Quartets / Urtecht Quartet

Album Summary

>Delden, Lex Van : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 106 ("Willink Tetraptych")
>Delden, Lex Van : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 86
>Delden, Lex Van : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 43
>Delden, Lex Van : Musica di Catasto
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Notes & Reviews:

The music of Dutch composer Lex van Delsing is the third CD for MDG by the Urtecht String Quartet. Van Delden composed his first string quartet at the age of 35, while his wife was coping with an incurable illness. The music evokes the pathos and emotional upheaval of this time in his life shortly after surviving World War II. His second quartet is a version of his Seventh Symphony that was actually orchestrated ten years after this version was written. His Third Quartet was commissioned by patron of the arts Mr. F Fopma, an admirer of the artist Carel Willink. Willink's paintings are pictured in the booklet as well as on the cover.

Gramophone Magazine
Music whose motivic severity and allusions to Tchaikovsky suggest a composer not overly concerned his time may have passed. Persuasively played by the Utrecht Quartet, finely recorded, this disc suggests it may yet return.



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>Delden, Lex Van : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 106 ("Willink Tetraptych")
  • Performer: Quirijn Altena (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (04/25/2006-04/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Delden, Lex Van : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 86
  • Performer: Quirijn Altena (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (04/25/2006-04/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Delden, Lex Van : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 43
  • Performer: Quirijn Altena (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (04/25/2006-04/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Delden, Lex Van : Musica di Catasto :: Intrada e Passacaglia, for 2 violins, viola, cello & bass, Op. 108
  • Performer: Quirijn Altena (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (04/25/2006-04/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981