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Penderecki: String Quartets No 1-3; Lutoslawski: String Quartet - Royal String Quartet (2013)
Author: peotuvave

Penderecki: String Quartets No 1-3; Lutoslawski: String Quartet - Royal String Quartet (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 198 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67943

This wonderful young Polish ensemble continue their exploration of the string quartet repertoire of their homeland with this album of music by two giants of the twentieth century. Witold Lutoslawski, whose centenary is celebrated in 2013, wrote his one and only string quartet in 1964 and it has since maintained an eminent position in the international repertoire. Krzysztof Penderecki (born 1933) was the most talked-about Polish composer in the early 1960s and remains an important presence in contemporary music. His three string quartets (1960, 1968 and 2008) are key works in the history of the post-war Polish quartet.
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Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Cage & Mayuzumi - String Quartets (1988)
Author: peachfuzz

Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Cage & Mayuzumi: String Quartets (1988)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 158 MB
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In addition to Lutoslawski, Penderecki, and Cage, who all made their disorderly appearances here at Avax, now you can sample the work of Toshirô Mayuzumi, Prelude for String Quartet, which features a koto-like pizzicati that breaks out of the droning tremolos with shifting weight of fluctuating glissandi, giving rise to a humorous gesture of rhythmic strummed guitar effect. Details
Miami String Quartet - Vasks: String Quartets (1999)
Author: SuniR

Miami String Quartet - Vasks: String Quartets (1999)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 66:24 min | 158 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Conifer Records

Peteris Vasks' three quartets span nearly 20 years of his development as a composer. Though the first quartet was revised in 1997, its origins go back to 1977, when at the start of his career the Latvian-born composer's music was attempting to reconcile what he knew of relatively radical figures like Lutoslawski and Penderecki with his own more directly communicative, melodic inclinations. Details
Alfred Schnittke - String Quartets - Complete (Molinari Quartet)
Author: tapaz9

Alfred Schnittke - String Quartets - Complete (Molinari Quartet)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 2 Cd, Cover+Booklet | 486 Mb
Label: ATMA - Date: 2011

The obvious point of reference here is tile Kronos Quartet's cycle of Schnittke string quartets, released as a complete edition in 1998. But after hearing Quatuor Molinari play the same pieces I don't think I'll be going back. In fact, if anyone wants it ...
The quartet's decision to open with Schnittke's Third Quartet is a puzzle at first, until you realise that everything that happens in the first two quartets reaches an uneasy stylistic resolution in the Third, written in 1983. The piece is rich in quotation: in the first few bars alone bits of Lassus, Beethoven's Grosse Fuge and Shostakovich's DSCH motif (the booklet-note mentions that 'SCH' had obvious significant for Schnittke: interesting point that I hadn't noticed) hove into view. Or rather, as played by the Quatuor Molinari, Schnittke's borrowed material hangs in the middle distance, the ........
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Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets / Mandelring Quartet (2008)
Author: Benzok

Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets / Mandelring Quartet (2008)
EAC rip | FLAC, log, cue, covers (front only) | RAR Rec. 3% | 1.48 GB | hotfile, filesonic
Classical | Label: Audite | 5CD

Hard-cornered, sharp-edged, and superbly played, the Mandelring Quartett's series of performances of Shostakovich's string quartets recorded for the Audite label are splendid examples of the modernist-internationalist manner.
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Molinari Quartet - Schnittke: String Quartets, 1-4 (2011) [Official Digital Download 24/96]
Author: SERTiL

Molinari Quartet - Schnittke: String Quartets, 1-4 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 103:33 minutes | 1.72 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The obvious point of reference here is tile Kronos Quartet's cycle of Schnittke string quartets, released as a complete edition in 1998. But after hearing Quatuor Molinari play the same pieces I don't think I'll be going back. In fact, if anyone wants it … Details
Krzysztof Penderecki - St. Luke's Passion & Threnody (1989)
Author: peachfuzz

Krzysztof Penderecki: St. Luke's passion & Threnody / Polymorphy / String quartet / Psalms of David / Dimensions of time & silence (1989)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 574 MB
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Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (Tren ofiarom Hiroszimy in Polish) is a musical composition for 52 string instruments, composed in 1959 by Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933), which took third prize at the Grzegorz Fitelberg Composers' Competition in Katowice in 1960. The piece swiftly aroused tremendous interest around the world and made its young composer famous. The piece—originally called 8'37" (at times also 8'26")—applies the sonoristic technique and rigors of specific counterpoint to an ensemble of strings treated unconventionally in terms of tone production. "While reading the score," Tadeusz Zielinski wrote in 1961, "one may admire Penderecki's inventiveness and coloristic ingeniousness. Yet one cannot rightly evaluate the Threnody until it has been listened to, for only then does one face the amazing fact: all these effects have turned out to serve as a pretext to conceive a profound and dramatic work of art!" Indeed, the piece tends to leave an impression both solemn and catastrophic, earning its classification as a threnody. On October 12, 1964, Penderecki wrote, "Let the Threnody express my firm belief that the sacrifice of Hiroshima will never be forgotten and lost."
—Wikipedia
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Krzysztof Penderecki: St. Luke's Passion & Threnody (1989)
Author: hopscotch

Krzysztof Penderecki - St. Luke's passion & Threnody (1989)
Classical | EAC (APE. CUE & NO CUE) | 574 MB

Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (Tren ofiarom Hiroszimy in Polish) is a musical composition for 52 string instruments, composed in 1959 by Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933), which took third prize at the Grzegorz Fitelberg Composers' Competition in Katowice in 1960. The piece swiftly aroused tremendous interest around the world and made its young composer famous. The piece—originally called 8'37" (at times also 8'26")—applies the sonoristic technique and rigors of specific counterpoint to an ensemble of strings treated unconventionally in terms of tone production. "While reading the score," Tadeusz Zielinski wrote in 1961, "one may admire Penderecki's inventiveness and coloristic ingeniousness. Yet one cannot rightly evaluate the Threnody until it has been listened to, for only then does one face the amazing fact: all these effects have turned out to serve as a pretext to conceive a profound and dramatic work of art!" Indeed, the piece tends to leave an impression both solemn and catastrophic, earning its classification as a threnody. On October 12, 1964, Penderecki wrote, "Let the Threnody express my firm belief that the sacrifice of Hiroshima will never be forgotten and lost."
—Wikipedia
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Silesian Quartet Andrzej Krzanowski in Memoriam
Author: pedos
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Silesian Quartet Andrzej Krzanowski in Memoriam
Recorded at Concert Hall of The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice June/October 2008

MP3 VBR ~320 kbps | COVER | RAR FILES (3% recovery) | ~116 Mb
Classical | 2008 | Label: Polskie Radio Katowice
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Louis Spohr - Ensemble Villa Musica - Septet Op 147, Quintet Op 130 (1994)
Author: luckburz

Louis Spohr - Ensemble Villa Musica - Septet Op 147, Quintet Op 130
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 241 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 304 0534-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1994
Genre: Classical | Style: Classicism/Romanticism

The Ensemble Villa Musica (EVM) is a chamber group that has garnered much praise for its spirited performances in varied repertory since its founding in 1990. The number of players in the ensemble can vary according to the work performed, typically expanding from a duo to a quintet or all the way to a nonet, though the number of ensemble members is nearly 20 and can thus accommodate larger works. The group's repertory is broad, encompassing compositions by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Hindemith, Martinu, as well as contemporary composers such as Penderecki and Hans Werner Henze. The ensemble has recorded for the German label MDG and for Naxos....
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