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Juan Crisostomo De Arriaga: The Complete String Quartets

Arriaga
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 923102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is no real surprise that Josetxu Obregón's La Ritirata has recorded the string quartets of Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga to follow up its earlier Early Baroque programme of Il Spiritillo Brando on Glossa: cellist Obregón's principal teacher has been Anner Bylsma and the two musicians share a deep fascination with the music of an earlier Classical composer in Luigi Boccherini. In this new recording the Bilbao-born Obregón is joined by violinists Hiro Kurosaki and Miren Zeberio, and viola Daniel Lorenzo; the underlying spirit of La Ritirata is of an intensive consideration of musical (and other) sources before attempting fresh interpretations of scores. This is precisely what the musicians have done for this survey Read more of Arriaga's quartet output for Glossa - they have also included the Tema variado en cuarteto, Op 17 - in order to get closer to the sound world of the Spanish composer who left his native Basque Country at the age of 15 to study and compose in Paris in 1821. Five short years of life remained to him before an untimely death ended a hugely promising career. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major by Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1824; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/2013 
Venue:  Real Conservatorio Superior de Música, M 
Length: 21 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor by Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1824; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/2013 
Venue:  Real Conservatorio Superior de Música, M 
Length: 22 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in E flat major by Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1824; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/2013 
Venue:  Real Conservatorio Superior de Música, M 
Length: 22 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
Tema variado en cuarteto, for string quartet, Op. 17 by Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 06/2013 
Venue:  Real Conservatorio Superior de Música, M 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 2 in A Major: I. Allegro con brio
String Quartet No. 2 in A Major: II. Tema con variaciones: Andante
String Quartet No. 2 in A Major: III. Menuetto: Scherzo – Trio
String Quartet No. 2 in A Major: IV. Andante ma non troppo - Allegro
String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor: I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor: II. Adagio con espressione
String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor: III. Menuetto: Allegro – Trio: Piu moderato
String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor: IV. Adagio - Allegretto
String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Major: II. Pastorale: Andantino
String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Major: III. Menuetto: Allegro - Trio: Plus lent
String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Major: IV. Presto agitato
Tema variado en cuarteto, Op. 17

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