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Carter: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3 & 4

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Like American comedian W.C. Fields, American composer Elliott Carter never believed in giving the listener an even break. In the three string quartets recorded here, Carter used all the tools at his command -- a virtuoso technique, an adroit intellect, and an unsurpassed ability to write ruthlessly independent counterpoint -- to challenge and confound the unsuspecting listener. As played here with impressive panache by the Pacifica Quartet, Carter's subtly structured "Second," fearsomely complex "Third," and harmonically stringent "Fourth" quartets sound forth in all their uncompromising magnificence. For listeners not prepared to concentrate, Carter's music may sound ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Like American comedian W.C. Fields, American composer Elliott Carter never believed in giving the listener an even break. In the three string quartets recorded here, Carter used all the tools at his command -- a virtuoso technique, an adroit intellect, and an unsurpassed ability to write ruthlessly independent counterpoint -- to challenge and confound the unsuspecting listener. As played here with impressive panache by the Pacifica Quartet, Carter's subtly structured "Second," fearsomely complex "Third," and harmonically stringent "Fourth" quartets sound forth in all their uncompromising magnificence. For listeners not prepared to concentrate, Carter's music may sound overly cerebral at best and pointlessly cacophonous at worst. But for listeners prepared to pay it the attention it demands, Carter's music is bracingly intellectual, rhythmically exciting, and, in the right frame of mind, thoroughly engaging. There have been other excellent recordings of Carter's quartets before, but the Pacifica Quartet's is as persuasively argued, as clearly articulated, and as emotionally expressive as the best and Naxos' digital sound is in no way inferior to the full-priced labels.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943936320
  • Catalog Number: 8559363
  • Sales rank: 252,858

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–9 String Quartet No. 2 - Elliott Carter & Pacifica Quartet (24:34)
  2. 10–15 String Quartet No. 3 - Elliott Carter & Pacifica Quartet (21:46)
  3. 16–19 String Quartet No. 4 - Elliott Carter & Pacifica Quartet (27:41)
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Performance Credits
Pacifica Quartet Primary Artist
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