Philip Glass’ Fifth String Quartet is the most substantial of his five quartets and the most traditional, using formal structures and expressive contrasts that go far beyond minimalism. While maintaining Glass’ unmistakable personal style, this is a quartet that delivers both driving energy and an unforgettable, threnody-like tenderness. Glass chose a string quartet for his score to the film Dracula to ‘evoke the feeling of the world of the 19th c.’, the music underpinning the film’s visual drama while avoiding obvious ‘horror’ effects. The String Sextet is an arrangement of Glass’s Third Symphony (Naxos 8.559202), combining symphonic scale with the intimacy synonymous with the chamber music genre. The Carducci Quartet’s criticallyRead more acclaimed recording of Philip Glass’s String Quartets Nos. 1- 4 can be heard on Naxos 8.559636. Read less
Works on This Recording
Quartet for Strings no 5by Philip Glass Orchestra/Ensemble:
Period: 20th Century Written: 1991; USA Venue: Highnam Church, Highnam, Gloucestershire Length: 21 Minutes 49 Secs.
Suite from Dracula, for string quartetby Philip Glass Orchestra/Ensemble:
Period: Contemporary Written: 1998 Venue: Highnam Church, Highnam, Gloucestershire Length: 17 Minutes 56 Secs.
Sextet for Stringsby Philip Glass Performer:
Gemma Rosefield (Cello),
Cian O'Duill (Viola)
Period: Contemporary Written: 2009; United States of Ame Venue: Highnam Church, Highnam, Gloucestershire Length: 22 Minutes 35 Secs.