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Naxos’s recording of Ginastera’s Complete Music for Cello and Piano (8570569) was hailed for “the music’s percussive rhythms as well as its reflective and mysterious melodic invention” by The Strad.
Similarly, each of his highly individual and engaging string quartets abound in kinetic energy, glowingly evocative writing and the ever-present rhythms and sounds of his native Argentinean music.
In his expressive Third String Quartet a solo soprano, fully integrated into the quartet texture, sings texts by Alberti, Jiménez and Lorca to create an intensely coloured spectrum of words and music.
Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20
I. Allegro violento ed agitato
III. Calmo e poetico
IV. Allegramente rustico
Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26
I. Allegro rustico
II. Adagio angoscioso
III. Presto magico
IV. Libero e rapsodico
Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 40
V. Di nuovo Contemplativo
3rd July 2009
“...it's the 1973 Third Quartet with soprano that's the most impressive achievement here, a compelling fusion of song cycle and instrumental work that interleaves settings of Spanish-language poets (Jiménez, Lorca and Alberti) within a musical world that alternates between febrile intensity and expansive lyricism. Lucy Shelton sings the settings raptly; the Enso¯ Quartet, a new name to me, seem an impressively taut and focused group.”
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