Fartein Valen - String Quartets
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Cat No: 2L89SABD
Format: SACD + Blu-ray Audio
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 1st July 2013
WorksPoems (3) by Goethe
String Quartet no.1
String Quartet no.2
String Quartet op.0
“If Valen (1897-1952) had not been such a shy, self-effacing person, he would have won fame throughout Europe”. So said Issay Dobrowen, a prominent conductor in the inter-war period. Valen's reputation as one of Norway's foremost composers and as a pioneer of new music in the 20th century is now secure. The legendary pianist Glenn Gould recognised the importance of Valen's music, saying "For the first time in many years I have found a looming personality in 20th century's music".
The Hansa Quartet was formed in 1987 by musicians from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The current members of the quartet are Åsta Jørgensen and Hilary Foster (violins), Helga Steen (viola), and Walter Heim (cello).
The beauty and profundity of Valen’s subdued but expressive music is being discovered by more and more listeners, all pioneered by 2L’s new Blu-ray audio and Hybrid SACD release.
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