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Arditti String Quartet|Abrahamsen : String Quartets 1 - 4

Abrahamsen : String Quartets 1 - 4

Arditti String Quartet

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Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen's four quartets are presented here by the famous Arditti String Quartet, in reverse order of composition: the  Fourth (2012), the Third, (2008), the Second (1981) - you may have noticed the huge gap, which will make more sense once you know that between 1990 and 2000 he put down his pen and stopped composing altogether - and then the First (1973), which was written as "Ten Preludes". From his earliest days as a composer, Abrahamsen has shunned the avant-garde doctrines of the "Darmstadt School", preferring to learn from his teacher Ligeti, in a language he took to calling the "New Simplicity". When listening to these four works, one is indeed struck by Abrahamsen's ability to create recognisable lines, at once modern and very old, sometimes bearing the traces (real or imagined) of folk airs, with a clear love for the most keening moments; and putting harmonics to mind-blowing use. The listener will realised that they are in the presence of a highly original piece of music, modern for sure: but it doesn't require a forced intellectual effort – rather, it demands that the listener abandon themselves to the rich and captivating discourse of the four musicians of the Arditti Quartet. © SM/Qobuz

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Abrahamsen : String Quartets 1 - 4

Arditti String Quartet

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String Quartet No. 4 (Hans Abrahamsen)

1
I Light and Airy (High in the Sky Singing)
00:06:23

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

2
II with Motion (Dance of Light)
00:03:48

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

3
III Dark, Heavy and Earthy (With a Heavy Groove)
00:06:18

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

4
IV Gently "Rocking" (With Utmost Sensitivity, Babbling)
00:03:58

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

String Quartet No. 3 (Hans Abrahamsen)

5
I Calmo, con tenerezza e simplicita
00:00:59

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

6
II
00:05:14

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

7
III
00:00:51

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

8
IV Molto tranquillo et lontano legato
00:04:20

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

String Quartet No. 2 (Hans Abrahamsen)

9
I Andante espressivo
00:03:44

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

10
II Vivo, ben ritmico
00:02:23

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

11
III Tranquillo con delicatezza
00:04:32

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

12
IV Presto energico
00:05:12

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

10 Preludes (String Quartet No. 1) (Hans Abrahamsen)

13
1
00:02:30

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

14
2
00:01:14

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

15
3
00:02:21

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

16
4
00:01:27

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

17
5
00:03:21

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

18
6
00:02:12

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

19
7
00:01:28

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

20
8
00:02:51

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

21
9
00:01:56

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

22
10
00:01:17

Arditti String Quartet, Performer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

2017 Winter & Winter GmbH

Album Description

Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen's four quartets are presented here by the famous Arditti String Quartet, in reverse order of composition: the  Fourth (2012), the Third, (2008), the Second (1981) - you may have noticed the huge gap, which will make more sense once you know that between 1990 and 2000 he put down his pen and stopped composing altogether - and then the First (1973), which was written as "Ten Preludes". From his earliest days as a composer, Abrahamsen has shunned the avant-garde doctrines of the "Darmstadt School", preferring to learn from his teacher Ligeti, in a language he took to calling the "New Simplicity". When listening to these four works, one is indeed struck by Abrahamsen's ability to create recognisable lines, at once modern and very old, sometimes bearing the traces (real or imagined) of folk airs, with a clear love for the most keening moments; and putting harmonics to mind-blowing use. The listener will realised that they are in the presence of a highly original piece of music, modern for sure: but it doesn't require a forced intellectual effort – rather, it demands that the listener abandon themselves to the rich and captivating discourse of the four musicians of the Arditti Quartet. © SM/Qobuz

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