Ginastera - Complete String Quartets

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Ginastera - Complete String Quartets



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1st June 2009




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Ginastera - Complete String Quartets


String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 40

Lucy Shelton (soprano)

Enso Quartet



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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

II. Vivacissimo

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

V. Furioso

Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 40

I. Contemplativo

II. Fantastico

III. Amoroso

IV. Drammatico

V. Di nuovo Contemplativo

The Guardian

3rd July 2009


“'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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