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Solitude: Mendelssohn, Weinberg & Shostakovich

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

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At first glance, this 2018 Resonus release by the Dudok Kwartet may seem like an odd mix of unrelated pieces and arrangements for string quartet, but the connective theme is apparent in the title, Solitude. This is properly understood as the solitude of bereavement and grief, as opposed to a state of peaceful reflection or simply being alone, for the works by Felix Mendelssohn, Josquin des Prez, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Dmitry Shostakovich, and Carlo Gesualdo, disconnected though they may be in time and place, were composed in response to death and loss, and sometimes these responses encompass extremes of emotion. Even so, the album's brooding tone is perhaps more important than the differences of periods and styles, and the passionate intensity of this Dutch string quartet makes a convincing case for the program. Mendelssohn's tense String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 was written as a memorial to his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn, and reflects the stress he felt over her death and which led to his own death six months later. Somewhat balancing the Mendelssohn quartet is Weinberg's String Quartet No. 3 in D minor, Op. 14, which is similarly melancholy and anxious, though expressed through an edgy modernism that makes it a natural fit with Dmitry Shostakovich's Elegy from the Two Pieces for String Quartet. To show that expressions of despondency and desperation transcend time, the quartet plays Josquin's Mille regretz and Gesualdo's Moro Lasso, in arrangements by the group's cellist, David Faber, and though they are much shorter than the full-scale string quartets, they contribute to the collection's dark sensibility and introspective feeling.
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1
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: I. Allegro vivace assai
00:06:45

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

2
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: II. Allegro assai
00:04:27

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

3
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: III. Adagio
00:07:42

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

4
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80: IV. Finale
00:05:12

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

5
Mille regretz
00:01:56

Josquin des Prez, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

6
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 14: I. Presto
00:07:29

Peer Music, MusicPublisher - Mieczysław Weinberg, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

7
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 14: II. Andante sostenuto
00:08:08

Peer Music, MusicPublisher - Mieczysław Weinberg, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

8
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 14: III. Allegretto
00:04:51

Peer Music, MusicPublisher - Mieczysław Weinberg, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

9
Two Pieces for String Quartet: I. Elegy
00:04:52

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Musikverlag Hans Sikorski, MusicPublisher - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

10
Moro Lasso
00:03:10

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Resonus Limited (P) 2018 Resonus Limited

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At first glance, this 2018 Resonus release by the Dudok Kwartet may seem like an odd mix of unrelated pieces and arrangements for string quartet, but the connective theme is apparent in the title, Solitude. This is properly understood as the solitude of bereavement and grief, as opposed to a state of peaceful reflection or simply being alone, for the works by Felix Mendelssohn, Josquin des Prez, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Dmitry Shostakovich, and Carlo Gesualdo, disconnected though they may be in time and place, were composed in response to death and loss, and sometimes these responses encompass extremes of emotion. Even so, the album's brooding tone is perhaps more important than the differences of periods and styles, and the passionate intensity of this Dutch string quartet makes a convincing case for the program. Mendelssohn's tense String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 was written as a memorial to his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn, and reflects the stress he felt over her death and which led to his own death six months later. Somewhat balancing the Mendelssohn quartet is Weinberg's String Quartet No. 3 in D minor, Op. 14, which is similarly melancholy and anxious, though expressed through an edgy modernism that makes it a natural fit with Dmitry Shostakovich's Elegy from the Two Pieces for String Quartet. To show that expressions of despondency and desperation transcend time, the quartet plays Josquin's Mille regretz and Gesualdo's Moro Lasso, in arrangements by the group's cellist, David Faber, and though they are much shorter than the full-scale string quartets, they contribute to the collection's dark sensibility and introspective feeling.
© TiVo

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