Ligeti - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

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Ligeti - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2010



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30th Nov 2009




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Ligeti - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


String Quartet No. 1 'Métamorphoses nocturnes'

String Quartet No. 2

Andante and Allegretto

Parker Quartet



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György Ligeti’s choral and orchestral music hit the mainstream when it was featured in the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his equally remarkable chamber works remain less well known.

While indebted to his compatriot Bartók for its folk-inflected passages, Ligeti’s First Quartet, subtitled Métamorphoses nocturnes, is nonetheless a work of striking originality.

The Second Quartet, composed around fifteen years later, abounds in contrasts between glacial stillness and manic activity, mechanistic pizzicatos and gentle oscillations.

His early Andante and Allegro is richly expressive and easily accessible.

“The Parker Quartet is equally persuasive at both extremes… in Ligeti’s two full-fledged quartets, these musicians brought considerable warmth and richness of tone to sweetly accented themes and gentle chordal writing, and unbridled textural brashness to the more volatile passages.” The New York Times

Gyorgy Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphoses nocturnes"

Allegro grazioso - Presto

Prestissimo - Andante tranquillo

Tempo di valse, moderato, con eleganza, un poco capriccioso - Allegretto, un poco gioviale

Subito allegro con moto - Prestissimo

Gyorgy Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2

I. Allegro nervoso

II. Sostenuto, molto calmo

III. Come un meccanismo di precisione

IV. Presto furioso, brutale, tumultuoso

V. Allegro con delicatezza

Gyorgy Ligeti: Andante and Allegretto

Andante cantabile

Allegretto poco capriccioso

Gramophone Magazine

April 2010

“Here is another relatively new quartet plunging into the recording fray with 'high-end' repertory and reaping the rewards of their apparent fearlessness...the recordings have the conviction and character of single takes...The Parkers...make one eager to hear more contemporary repertoire from them”

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