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Michael Nyman: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Balanescu Quartet

Album Summary

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Quartet for Strings no 1
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

However when the composer heard them together on the 1991 Argo recording featuring the Balanescu Quartet reissued here, he realized that the works had an unintentional but unmistakable consistency of compositional approach.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
In Quartet 1, for instance, Nyman subjects John Bull's Walsingham Variations to a kind of creative analysis and creating new variations on the basic material. The music is exciting and moving. Quartet 2 weds Nyman's music to a rhythmic structure created by choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh and related to centuries old Indian dance traditions, and Quartet 3 is a reworking of material originally composed for choir that serves as a kind of document of Nyman's response to the Romanian revolution. In all three works the essentially polyphonic texture of the string writing reveals a constantly surprising sonic environment that never wears out its welcome. These performances are solid and enthusiastic. I'm very glad they've been released on Nyman's label.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church Studios, Crouch End, London, England (11/1990).



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Works Details

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Ensemble: Balanescu Quartet
  • Running Time: 20 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1988

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Running Time: 15 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1990

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Running Time: 24 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1985