Ligeti - String Quartets | Naxos 8570781

Ligeti - String Quartets

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8570781

Barcode: 0747313078172

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th November 2009

Gramophone Editor's Choice



György Ligeti’s choral and orchestral music hit the mainstream when it was featured in the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his equally remarkable chamber works remain less well known.

While indebted to his compatriot Bartók for its folk-inflected passages, Ligeti’s First Quartet, subtitled 'Métamorphoses nocturnes', is nonetheless a work of striking originality.

The Second Quartet, composed around fifteen years later, abounds in contrasts between glacial stillness and manic activity, mechanistic pizzicatos and gentle oscillations.

His early Andante and Allegro is richly expressive and easily accessible.

The Parker Quartet is equally persuasive at both extremes… in Ligeti’s two full-fledged quartets, these musicians brought considerable warmth and richness of tone to sweetly accented themes and gentle chordal writing, and unbridled textural brashness to the more volatile passages.” - The New York Times

Parker Quartet:
- Daniel Chong (violin I)
- Karen Kim (violin II)
- Jessica Bodner (viola)
- Kee-Hyun Kim (cello)

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