CARTER: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5

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1 I. Maestoso (String Quartet No. 1) 9:09 44.1/16 Album only
2 III. Variations (String Quartet No. 1) 3:31 $1.49 Buy
3 II. Adagio (from bar 57) (String Quartet No. 1) 1:22 $1.49 Buy
4 II. Allegro scorrevole (String Quartet No. 1) 12:01 44.1/16 Album only
5 I. Allegro scorrevole (from bar 356) (String Quartet No. 1) 13:37 44.1/16 Album only
6 Interlude I (String Quartet No. 5) 1:27 $1.49 Buy
7 I. Giocoso (String Quartet No. 5) 2:34 $1.49 Buy
8 Introduction (String Quartet No. 5) 1:08 $1.49 Buy
9 Interlude IV (String Quartet No. 5) 2:15 $1.49 Buy
10 IV. Allegro energico (String Quartet No. 5) 1:25 $1.49 Buy
11 V. Adagio sereno (String Quartet No. 5) 1:10 $1.49 Buy
12 VI. Capriccioso (String Quartet No. 5) 1:32 $1.49 Buy
13 Interlude V (String Quartet No. 5) 1:56 $1.49 Buy
14 Interlude III (String Quartet No. 5) 2:02 $1.49 Buy
15 III. Presto scorrevole (String Quartet No. 5) 2:50 $1.49 Buy
16 Interlude II (String Quartet No. 5) 1:42 $1.49 Buy
17 II. Lento espressivo (String Quartet No. 5) 1:41 $1.49 Buy

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Released to celebrate the American master Elliott Carter’s centenary, this is the first of two discs of the complete String Quartets. Carter himself has written: ‘I probably decided to write what was to be the First Quartet when I read about a composition prize in Liège, Belgium, because there were many ideas swarming around in my imagination about expression, rhythm, and harmony, mostly derived from my Cello Sonata ... Then my Second, Third, and Fourth Quartets developed my imaginings in different ways until I began to realize that soon I would exhaust this direction, and so my Fifth Quartet became a farewell to the previous four and an exploration of a new vision.’

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[4 stars] Carter, the perennial survivor, won't reach his centenary until December. But why wait to celebrate? The Pacificas launch a complete cycle of his string quartets with the imposing First (a breakthrough in metrical complexity) paired with the airier, swifter Fifth. Naxos do composer and musicians proud, with clear sound and a good spatial spread “ essential for catching the tumbling notes. - Geoff Brown, The Times, January 2008