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Old 06-11-2021, 03:16 PM
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Penderecki - Complete Music for String Quartet - String Trio
Tippett Quartet
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There are some far out moments in these pieces!
You won't be bored.

Penderecki wrote music for string quartet over a period of 56 years. His String Quartet No. 1 was written in the same year that he achieved international success with Threnody, and includes a wide range of playing techniques reflective of the avant-garde. String Quartet No. 2 reveals the influence of Ligeti, while No. 3 is a personal, even autobiographical work. In No. 4 there are modal or even folk inflections, in writing that is both limpid and abrasive. The eventful Derunterbrochene Gedanke completes Penderecki’s music for string quartet, while the String Trio exemplifies his music’s motoric energy. © Naxos
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Penderecki - Complete Music for String Quartet - String Trio

Tippett Quartet

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You won't be bored.


No, but you might be a bit frightened in spots. keep an eye out for Hitchcock characters with sharp weapons, or large flocks of angry birds.
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I own the 1st, 2nd and 4th on SACD.
The 3rd was yet to come:

Brahms - Symphony no. 3 - Serenade no. 2
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
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I'll have to listen more than once, to give a more or less objective opinion, because I'm a fan of Iván and his gang.

Founded in 1983 by Iván Fischer and the late pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis, the Budapest Festival Orchestra quickly became one of the world's more prominent orchestras. The handpicked young virtuosos who fill its ranks produce a beautiful sound and superior ensemble performances. Supported from the outset by the City of Budapest and the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, it quickly made a name for itself by attracting top conductors and soloists, and thanks to its proactive policy of recording and touring internationally.

Following the examples set by István Kertész and Claudio Abbado in their respective complete recordings, Iván Fischer presents a Serenade alongside his recording of the Symphony No. 3 . The Serenades, which were the young Brahms's first works for orchestra, represent a very assured piece of work, where wind instruments are foregrounded against an often pastoral backdrop, accented with hints of folk music. The First is written for a large orchestra, and the Second, dedicated to Clara Schumann and present on this album, was written for a chamber orchestra without violins.

The closeness of the young Brahms to the Schumanns is still very evident in the opening theme of the Third Symphony, which sounds like a slightly modified echo of the beginning of Robert Schumann's 'Rhenish' Symphony, something that few commentators have really remarked upon. Iván Fischer gives a rather melancholic reading of the Symphony No. 3, particularly the Poco allegretto which has been made popular in cinema and song, most notably by Yves Montand and Serge Gainsbourg. The final Allegro, on the other hand, launches into joyous tumult and ardour. It seems unstoppable, and then dissolves into thin air, as this splendid symphony closes in a disconcerting pianissimo that is very rare for a romantic symphony.

This recording concludes Montana the complete recordings of Brahms's symphonies by Iván Fischer and the Hungarian orchestra, of which he has been artistic director since its debut in 1983. Golden colours and an Austro-Hungarian style that fits Brahms perfectly combine to make this a most exciting series. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Luca Pianca - Nobilissimo Istromento - Virtuoso Lute Music of the Italian Renaissance
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You won't find much quieter albums to finish a listening evening.
There is a lot of hall ambience in this recording.

The Italian Renaissance is the golden age of the lute. In quality and quantity, the lute pieces from this period are comparable to the piano works of the 19th century. Most of the works selected for this recording are by Francesco da Milano, an extraordinary virtuoso and gifted composer who was also known as “Il Divino” (the Divine), an epithet he shared with Michelangelo and Monteverdi. In addition to lute pieces by da Milano, the recording also includes other equally outstanding works by contemporaries, among them some of the Milanese’s pupils. Thanks to this selection, it is easy to comprehend still today why the lute was considered the noblest instrument of all in the 16th century: Il nobilissimo istromento. © Passacaille
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No, but you might be a bit frightened in spots. keep an eye out for Hitchcock characters with sharp weapons, or large flocks of angry birds.

Tony, I knew I had to start the evening with it, and not finish.
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