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Michael Finnissy: Second & Third String Quartets / Kreutzer Quartet

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Album Summary

>Finnissy, Michael : Second String Quartet
>Finnissy, Michael : Third String Quartet
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

When asked to sum up how he would characterize his two String Quartets - influenced by the sound world of Bruckner and Schoenberg - Michael Finnissy answered, 'rich and chewy'! Despite having no score, Michael Finnissy's Second Quartet is 'based on a compact Haydn model' and traces of its antecedent can be discerned within it. Composer Judith Weir says she regards Finnissy as the most important living British composer.

Gramophone Magazine
He's motivated by magnifying the string quartet from the inside, broadening the form by re-examining the medium...this new piece takes the string quartet out of itself - and indeed beyond music - with a bold and wholly unexpected sleight-of-hand.

The Guardian
The agile spirit of Haydn certainly seems to pervade the whole of the Second Quartet, but the Third is a much stranger work. There are allusions to Bruckner's First and Second Symphonies in its massive, densely layered opening paragraphs, but gradually that highly wrought string writing gives way to something totally unexpected: first to music that incorporates transcriptions of birdsong, and then to recordings of the birdsongs themselves.

Sunday Times
Finnissy ultimately transcends the quartet genre...At times, too, you can hear the influence of Haydn, as if through frosted glass, notably in the impish pizzicato passage about a third of the way through.



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Works Details

>Finnissy, Michael : Second String Quartet
  • Ensemble: Kreutzer Quartet
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Finnissy, Michael : Third String Quartet
  • Running Time: 44 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary