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Wydawnictwo: Lawo Classics
Nr katalogowy: LWC 1201
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: wrzesień 2020
EAN: 7090020182230
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Epoka muzyczna: romantyzm
Obszar (język): fiński, włoski
Rodzaj: kwartet

Verdi / Sibelius: Quartets

Lawo Classics - LWC 1201
Wykonawcy
Vertavo String Quartet:
Oyvor Volle, violin
Berit Cardas, violin
Henninge Landaas, viola
Bjorg Lewis, cello
Giuseppe Verdi:
String Quartet in E minor

Jean Sibelius:
String Quartet ‘Voces intimae’, Op. 56
With the obvious exception of Mozart, the most famous operatic composers were not at all prolific in the spheres of the symphony, string quartet or sonata. These genres are traditionally associated with sonata form, a disciplined structure requiring an entirely different approach. Verdi is a typical case, a natural man of the theatre who composed about thirty operas, and who is not immediately associated with instrumental forms.

Verdi completed his only string quartet in 1873 – i.e. roughly the period of Aida and the Requiem. Unsure of its value, he delayed publication until three years later. He remarked drily: “I don’t know whether it is good or bad, only that it is a quartet.” With astonishing modesty, he claimed to have composed it “merely for amusement”. He also laid himself open to criticism that the piece may be less than idiomatic when he welcomed the plan to perform the work in London with twenty players to a part – “since there are certain passages which require a fuller sonority than a mere quartet can furnish”. One might gather from his diffidence that the piece is unpretentious, but it is so much more than a mere diversion from writing operas. While Verdi does not attempt to emulate the rigorous developmental processes exercised by the great quartet composers, he does create on his own terms a highly individual and satisfying work distinguished by abundant craftsmanship. Tchaikovsky is a similar example, demonstrating his German-influenced contrapuntal skill when he chooses (as does Verdi in his fugal finale), but otherwise relying on his more instinctive gifts of melody, elegance and felicitous scoring.

Recorded in Ostre Fredrikstad Church, 3-5 March 2010.

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