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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MD&G Records
  • ASIN: B000LP4OGK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.C. on October 6, 2011
The German label MDG has given 2 CDs over to chamber music of the Dutch composer Lex van Delden, and this is the second and last to date of the two. It includes all 3 of his string quartets, and one work for string quintet. The composer's son, Lex van Delden Jr., provides the liner notes, as on the earlier MDG recording. van Delden composed in a fundamentally tonal language, with tinges of chromatic spice to mark his music as definitely of the 20th century.

van Delden's first string quartet is from 1954, during a time when his wife had suffered mental illness and the composer endured a period of depression, as per the liner notes. However, the work does not come off as particularly sad or morose. The spirit and style of Shostakovich hovers over the work, to me, sort of "Shostakovich with a Dutch accent", if that means anything. van Delden's second quartet was an arrangement of his seventh symphony for string orchestra, from 1964, for a quartet. It is perhaps the most "objective" of the quartets, in not being tied to any sort of personal strain or obvious external events for inspiration. The third quartet, from 1979, titled "Willink Tetraptych", was a commission tied thematically to the paintings of Carel Willink, where van Delden was shown 4 particular Willink paintings and Biblical texts as initial inspiration. Interestingly, and presumably without impetus from the commissioner of this quartet, van Delden worked in a musical quote from the "Storm" interlude of Benjamin Britten's 'Four Sea Interludes' from "Peter Grimes" at several points through the work. The 4 paintings are reproduced in the booklet.
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