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Although Philip Glass came late to the string quartet, his contribution to the genre has since become a significant one.
This disc features the first four of his five quartets, ranging from the uncharacteristic yet fascinating sound-world of the First, through the compact dimensions of the subsequent two (themselves derived from theatre and film scores).
The more expansive manner of his Fourth Quartet makes allusions to the formidable string quartet heritage, in particular those of Schubert and Dvorák.
“...the Carducci String Quartet were stunning...they are clearly musicians of high intelligence.” The Times
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 2, "Company"
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima"
I. 1957: Award Montage
II. November 25: Ichigaya
III. Grandmother and Kimitake
IV. 1962: Body Building
V. Blood Oath
VI. Mishima / Closing
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 1
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 4, "Buczak"
“By performing these works with an intense and focused detachment, the Carduccis allow the music simply to speak for itself. They also get it right on the only work which demands a degree of emotional intensity - the early, proto-minimalist String Quartet No. 1”
4th July 2010
“...this CD has some beautiful and moving inventions...The soft dissonant tracery of the early First Quartet is an intriguing surprise...The Carducci Quartet’s performances are a marvel of sensitivity, and the recorded sound has a lovely soft glow.”
20th June 2010
“Stripped of Glass's familiar thudding keyboards and ethereal voices, yet inhabiting that same oscillating sound world, these quartets have their own beguiling power...Admirably played by the Carduccis and at budget price.”