Ligeti String Quartets / Barber Adagio

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1 String Quartet No.1 (Metamorphoses nocturnes) 22:08 44.1/24 Album only
2 String Quartet, Op.11 - 2. Molto adagio 7:42 44.1/24 Album only
3 String Quartet No. 2 (1968) - I. Allegro nervoso 4:50 44.1/24 Album only
4 String Quartet No. 2 (1968) - II. Sostenuto, molto calmo 4:48 44.1/24 Album only
5 String Quartet No. 2 (1968) - III. Come un meccanismo di precisione 3:36 $2.49 Buy
6 String Quartet No. 2 (1968) - IV. Presto furioso, brutale, tumultuoso 2:10 44.1/24 Album only
7 String Quartet No. 2 (1968) - V. Allegro con delicatezza - stets sehr mild 5:36 44.1/24 Album only

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Andras Keller - violin
Janos Pilz - violin
Zsofia Kornyei - violin (on String Quartet No. 2)
Zoltan Gal - viola
Judit Szabo - violoncello

An album that bridges musical worlds, with the Molto Adagio of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet No. 1 offered as tonal terra firma between Gyorgy Ligeti’s restlessly shifting first and second quartets. Mid-20th century, Barber and Ligeti would have been considered aesthetic opposites. From a contemporary perspective, both composers are voices from the past, their present-day relevance emphasized in these committed performances. The first of the recordings heard on this album was made in 2007 on the first anniversary of Ligeti’s death, Hungary’s foremost string quartet paying tribute to the great innovator of modern Hungarian music. The 2011 recording of the second Ligeti quartet documents also a change in the line-up of Andras Keller’s ensemble, with Zsofia Kornyei, widely considered one of the outstanding violinists of her generation, replacing long-serving Keller Quartett member Janos Pilz.