Skalkottas: String Quartets 3 & 4

Skalkottas: String Quartets 3 & 4

by New Hellenic Quartet
     
 

The string quartets of Nikos Skalkottas (1904-49) are bold and powerful monuments of modernism. Born in Greece, Skalkottas became a favored pupil of Arnold Schoenberg in Germany before returning home when the Nazis came to power. His musical language is a unique amalgam of many of the trends of hisSee more details below

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The string quartets of Nikos Skalkottas (1904-49) are bold and powerful monuments of modernism. Born in Greece, Skalkottas became a favored pupil of Arnold Schoenberg in Germany before returning home when the Nazis came to power. His musical language is a unique amalgam of many of the trends of his time; the imprint of Schoenberg is audible, but there's an occasional folk flavor that may derive from Bartók's influence, and the transformed citations of waltzes and other dance forms hark back to Mahler. Both of Skalkottas' last two quartets were written after his return to Athens and show his musical thinking in a process of expansion; the Fourth Quartet is nearly twice as long as the Third, with an almost symphonic scope. Skalkottas' music has languished in obscurity for too long, partly due to chauvinism against composers from the margins of Europe. Fittingly, an excellent Greek ensemble, the New Hellenic Quartet, fiercely breathes life into these demanding scores in a valuable revival of this composer's distinctive musical voice.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2000
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590010747
catalogNumber:
1074
Rank:
306595

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No.3  - Nikos Skalkottas  -  New Hellenic Quartet
  2. String Quartet No.4  - Nikos Skalkottas  -  New Hellenic Quartet

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