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Grechaninov: String Quartets No 2 & 4 / Moyzes Quartet


Release Date: 07/26/1994 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223646   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Grechaninov
Performer:  Stanislav MuchaFrantisek TörökAlexander LakatosJán Slávik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The career of Alexander Grechaninov (1864-1956), like Rachmaninov’s, bridged the Tsarist and Soviet eras. He, too, emigrated to America and wrote in a style that barely acknowledged musical advances in Europe and elsewhere. Yet these quartets reveal a fecund creative mind, with music suffused with Russian melodic patterns, even if the Fourth Quartet (1929) moves very little further along the road of musical history from his already assured Second (1913). These performances have plenty of personality and the sound is excellent.

-- Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine
The career of Alexander Grechaninov (1864-1956), like Rachmaninov’s, bridged the Tsarist and Soviet eras. He, too, emigrated to America and wrote in a style that barely acknowledged musical advances in Europe and elsewhere. Yet these quartets reveal a fecund creative mind, with music suffused with Russian melodic patterns, even if the Fourth Quartet (1929) moves very little further along the road of musical history from his already assured Second (1913). These performances have plenty of personality and the sound is excellent.

-- Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D minor, Op. 70 by Alexander Grechaninov
Performer:  Stanislav Mucha (Violin), Frantisek Török (Violin), Alexander Lakatos (Viola),
Ján Slávik (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Russia 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in F major, Op. 124 by Alexander Grechaninov
Performer:  Ján Slávik (Cello), Frantisek Török (Violin), Alexander Lakatos (Viola),
Stanislav Mucha (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; France 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 70: I. Lento
String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 70: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 70: III. Largo
String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 70: IV. Finale: Allegro
String Quartet No. 4: I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 4: II. Maestoso assai
String Quartet No. 4: III. Allegro vivo
String Quartet No. 4: IV. Lento, ma non troppo - Vivo

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