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Quatuor Artemis|Györgi Ligeti : Quatuors à cordes n°1 & n°2

Györgi Ligeti : Quatuors à cordes n°1 & n°2

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Released in 2000 on Ars Musici, the sublime recordings by the Artemis Quartett of György Ligeti's String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes" (1953-1954), and his String Quartet No. 2 (1968) are valuable not only for the high quality of the music -- surely some of the most communicative and rewarding quartet music since Bartók or Shostakovich -- but also for the precision, depth, and resonance of the group's playing. As a rather specialized genre, modern string quartets are hard enough to grasp for their complexity, startling novelty, and ferocious virtuosity, and though Ligeti's music is usually clearer and easier to understand than most, it still takes considerable effort to follow the development of his ideas in the String Quartet No. 1 and the connections between the flurries of short gestures in the String Quartet No. 2. Thanks to the Artemis' distinctive individual tonal qualities, accuracy in execution, balance in repartée, unflagging energy, and fine ensemble blend, Ligeti's music sounds perfectly transparent, natural, and intelligible, and surprisingly ingratiating for the color and personality this youthful quartet brings to it. The audio reproduction is wonderfully clear and vibrant, and the musicians have clear separation and an almost palpable presence. This disc is absolutely recommended, but especially so to followers of avant-garde string quartet music.
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1
String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses Nocturnes": No. 1, Section 1 (Allegro grazioso)
00:01:28

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, String Quartet, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Vivace, capriccioso
00:02:01

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Adagio mesto
00:02:27

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Presto
00:01:12

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Prestissimo
00:01:40

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Andante tranquillo
00:03:06

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Tempo di Valse, moderato con eleganza, un poco capriccioso
00:00:57

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Subito prestissimo
00:01:30

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Allegretto, un poco gioviale
00:02:47

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Prestissimo
00:01:43

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Ad libitum, senza misura
00:01:45

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
String Quartet No 1 'Metamorphoses Nocturnes': Lento
00:01:21

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
String Quartet No 2: Allegro nevoso
00:05:00

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. 2005 ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
String Quartet No 2: Sostenuto, molto calmo
00:04:53

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. 2005 ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
String Quartet No 2: Come un meccanismo di precisione
00:03:33

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. 2005 ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

16
String Quartet No 2: Presto furioso, brutale, tumultuoso
00:02:07

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. 2005 ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

17
String Quartet No 2: Allegro con delicatezza
00:05:14

Gyorgy Ligeti, Composer - Artemis Quartet, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics. 2005 ℗ 2000 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

Released in 2000 on Ars Musici, the sublime recordings by the Artemis Quartett of György Ligeti's String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes" (1953-1954), and his String Quartet No. 2 (1968) are valuable not only for the high quality of the music -- surely some of the most communicative and rewarding quartet music since Bartók or Shostakovich -- but also for the precision, depth, and resonance of the group's playing. As a rather specialized genre, modern string quartets are hard enough to grasp for their complexity, startling novelty, and ferocious virtuosity, and though Ligeti's music is usually clearer and easier to understand than most, it still takes considerable effort to follow the development of his ideas in the String Quartet No. 1 and the connections between the flurries of short gestures in the String Quartet No. 2. Thanks to the Artemis' distinctive individual tonal qualities, accuracy in execution, balance in repartée, unflagging energy, and fine ensemble blend, Ligeti's music sounds perfectly transparent, natural, and intelligible, and surprisingly ingratiating for the color and personality this youthful quartet brings to it. The audio reproduction is wonderfully clear and vibrant, and the musicians have clear separation and an almost palpable presence. This disc is absolutely recommended, but especially so to followers of avant-garde string quartet music.
© TiVo

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