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Karol Szymanowski: String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 37
I. Lento assai
II. Andantino semplice (In modo d'una canzone)
Karol Szymanowski: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 56
I. Moderato, dolce e tranquillo
II. Vivace, scherzando
Igor Stravinsky: Concertino
Igor Stravinsky: 3 Pieces for String Quartet
Igor Stravinsky: Double Canon
“The Goldner Quartet's performances are a model of conviction and insight.”
“The Goldner is one of the world's most industrious quartets, with a hectic tour schedule within native Australia...
The programme suits the group's performing style: its ability to produce a microcosm of the subtle shades required for the first of Szymanowski's quartets is matched by the aggressive quality demanded in the second quartet. Rarely can two works from the same composer, written only ten years apart, occupy such different sound worlds: the change from the shimmering post-impressionist character of the first quartet to the high-impact second quartet is typical of Szymanowski's capricious nature. Both works are given accomplished performances, the Goldner's unfailingly accurate intonation matched by faultless internal balance.
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