String Quartet 2 & 1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.2 x 12.6 x 0.61 cm; 92.13 g
- メーカー : Telarc
- EAN : 0089408017827
- 商品モデル番号 : 089408017827
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 1989
- レーベル : Telarc
- ASIN : B000003CV4
- ディスク枚数 : 1
TELA 80178; TELARC - Stati Uniti; Classica da camera Quartetto archi
Playing on the matched set of Paganini Strads form the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Cleveland Quartet shows that Americans can do the music proudly, too. Their reading is well-paced and thoughtfully phrased, and while their sound is lighter than that of the Borodin ensemble, it is handsomely captured in Telarc's 1988 recording. Smetana's E Minor Quartet (From My Life) makes for a desirable coupling. --Ted Libbey
Wanting more of Borodin after long love affair with his Nocturne, I searched for a quality recording of the Quartet in No. 2. This Cleveland Quartet recording is clear and played on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments once belonging to Paganini.
Borodin is remarkable individual, who worked productively in both fields of chemistry and music. This quartet no. 2 was dedicated to his wife in honor of their 20th anniversary. No wonder many of us find this music no hauntingly romantic.
Smetana has long been of interest to me, now I enjoy this quartet as well. He supposedly composed this as his personal response to life's tragedy for him, which declined to deafness and insanity. It was a programmatic movement, from the opening youthful mood to the second (a polka) of youthful dancing, to the largo of first love, to the haunting Finale, a lengthy holding high pitched note, which reminded him of the oncoming deafness. Interesting that in first private performance, Dvorak performed the viola part.
Will get much play from me. Delightful stuff!