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Abrahamsen: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 / Arditti String Quartet


Release Date: 10/20/2017 
Label:  Winter & Winter   Catalog #: 910242  
Composer:  Hans Abrahamsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some composers identify early on with a particular genre. A quick glance at a list of works by the Dane Hans Abrahamsen seems to indicate a very different attitude. The profusion of titles suggests a mind that picks up a form, engages with it for the duration of the work itself, and then moves on to something fresh. There has been one significant exception however- the string quartet. Abrahamsen’s four quartets span almost the whole of his composing career: Quartet No. 1 was composed in 1973, when Abrahamsen was in his early twenties; Quartet No. 4 appeared in 2012, as he entered his sixties. Not only so, but the quartets also draw a vital thread across the chasm at the heart of his life’s work. This new release presents the aforementioned Read more works as well as the two quartets that appeared between them, brilliantly performed by the Arditti String Quartet. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings No. 4 by Hans Abrahamsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
2.
Quartet for Strings No. 3 by Hans Abrahamsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
3.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Hans Abrahamsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Denmark 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 1 "Tenor Preludes" by Hans Abrahamsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; Denmark 

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