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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 26 april 2019 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Formed in 1994 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Belcea Quartet already has an impressive discography, including the complete Beethoven string quartets. For this new recording, the ensemble has chosen three quartets by two iconic composers of the 20th century: Leos Janáček and György Ligeti. Fifteen years after their first recording for Zig-Zag, and after some changes in personnel, they have decided to record again the two string quartets by Janáček. The First Quartet was inspired by Leon Tolstoy’s famous novella, The Kreutzer Sonata: the four-movement work follows the narrative, including its culminating murder. The Second Quartet is subtitled Intimate Letters, in homage to Kamila Stösslova, with whom the composer had an important relationship expressed through letters, one that influenced both his life and his music. Finally, the First Quartet by Ligeti, subtitled Métamorphoses nocturnes because of its particular form. The composer described the work as a sort of theme and variations, but not with a specific theme that is then subsequently varied: rather, it is a single musical thought appearing under constantly new guises – for this reason the word ‘metamophoses’ is more appropriate than ‘variations’. © Alpha Classics
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 2 september 2016 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Even more than his other music, perhaps, Brahms' music for string quartet inhabits a knife's edge between formal control and stark emotional intensity. Just as with his symphonies, Brahms entered into a dialogue with his predecessors in the three string quartets and one piano quintet recorded here: the works are intricate even beyond the composer's usual standards, but the performers can't lose sight of the content. England's Belcea come close to the ideal balance here. You could sample anywhere, but for a compact chunk illustrating this remarkable quartet's talents, try the opening movement of the String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67. A lighter approach to the rhythmic complexities of the movement's basic thematic material is possible, but the tension the Belcea players introduce seems a preferable match with the metrical irregularity. You might also prefer a bigger role from pianist Till Fellner in the Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, but the perfect ensemble balance and attention to detail throughout this performance are hard to beat. That balance and sense of ensemble are present through the entire double album, and fine sound from Alpha is a bonus. This is a major Brahms chamber release. © TiVo