Ginastera: String Quartets

Ginastera: String Quartets

by Enso Quartet
     
 

Alberto Ginastera's three string quartets are appealing pieces that concisely reflect the various styles that characterized the composer's work over the course of his career. The "First Quartet" was written in 1948, and the "Second" in 1958, both during his so-called middle period, which was characterized by a sophisticated modernist take on the folk-like music of his… See more details below

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Alberto Ginastera's three string quartets are appealing pieces that concisely reflect the various styles that characterized the composer's work over the course of his career. The "First Quartet" was written in 1948, and the "Second" in 1958, both during his so-called middle period, which was characterized by a sophisticated modernist take on the folk-like music of his first period, before he moved to a more rigorous serialism in his third period. Ginastera's relationship with folk traditions during this period was roughly analogous with Bartók's, and some of the movements have a distinctly Bartókian sound. The rhythmic drive of the fast movements, in particular, is rooted in popular Argentine music, while the slow movements have a tendency toward mystical, sometimes rhapsodic, lyricism. These are immensely attractive pieces, clearly the work of an exceptionally fertile and imaginative creative mind and should appeal to fans of mid-twentieth century modernism. The "Third Quartet" is serial and inhabits a more abstract aesthetic universe, but Ginastera managed to bring a strong lyrical element into his serialism, so his music avoids the severity of that of some of his contemporaries. Like Schoenberg's "Second Quartet," several movements include a soprano solo, using texts by Juan Ramón Jiménez, Federico García Lorca, and Rafael Alberti. It's a work of dramatic contrasts, the most volatile of the quartets. Lucy Shelton, long a proponent of new music, doesn't have the vocal sheen she once did, and there is some tendency to wobble, but her formidable technique carries her through the music's heavy demands, and the length of time she holds the final note of the last movement sounds nothing less than superhuman. The U.S.-based Enso Quartet handles the varied moods of the music with panache, capable of producing astonishing fireworks as well as playing with intimate lyricism. The sound is clean and well balanced, with a nice resonance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313078073
catalogNumber:
8570780
Rank:
172107

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No.1, Op. 20  - Alberto Ginastera  -  Enso Quartet
  2. String Quartet No.2, Op. 26  - Alberto Ginastera  -  Enso Quartet
  3. String Quartet No.3 for soprano & string quartet, Op. 40  - Alberto Ginastera  - Rafael Alberti  - Federico García Lorca  - Lucy Shelton  - Eloïse Roach  -  Enso Quartet  - Juan Ramon Jimenez

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