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Carter: String Quartets 1 & 2 / Composers Quartet

Release Date: 05/07/1992 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 71249   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Elliott Carter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Composers String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Described by the composer as an exploration of the human experience of time, this album features two award-winning quartets that each present opposing views of the temporal experience: expansive and compressed, majestic and miniature. Written eight years apart, they capture the evolution of Carter’s compositional language, in which the elongated, continually unfolding gestures of the first give rise to the condensed phrasing of the second. The album features performances from The Composers Quartet, under the direction of the composer.

The Composers Quartet:
Matthew Raimondi, violin
Anahid Ajemian, violin
Jean Dupouy, viola
Michael Rudiakov, cello

Recorded April 21-23, 1970, under the
Read more supervision of Elliot Carter.

R E V I E W S:

"These intent and finely focused readings of the first two string quartets (1951 and 1959) by The Composer’s Quartet, also played a vital part in extending Carter’s reputation when they first appeared around 1970..." -- Bayan Northcott, BBC Music Magazine reviewing the box set Elliott Carter – A Nonesuch Retrospective

"The performances of the first two string quartets by the Composers Quartet in the Nonesuch set make fascinating comparisons with those of the Pacifica Quartet [Naxos]... The Composers Quartet are hugely accomplished on their own terms... their account of the First Quartet has an epic sweep that just eludes the Pacifica..." -- Andrew Clements, The Guardian [2/19/2009] reviewing Elliott Carter – A Nonesuch Retrospective Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 1 by Elliott Carter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Composers String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USA 
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Elliott Carter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Composers String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 

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