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Wolfgang Rihm: String Quartets, Vol. 4, Nos. 10 & 12 / Quartettstudie [Import]

Wolfgang Rihm , Minguet Quartett Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: Minguet Quartett
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Audio CD (May 6, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Col Legno
  • ASIN: B000FKO4WA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Minguett Quartet recorded nearly the full cycle of Wolfgang Rihm's string quartets for Collegno, and it's a shame these discs are now out of print. The Minguett Quartet are Ulrich Isfort and Annette Reisinger (violins), Aroa Sorin (viola) and Matthias Diener (cello). On this volume of the cycle, we find three quartets from the 1990s and early millennium, a time when Rihm returned to the effusive expressionism that had first made him famous, after a few years of wispy, piannissimo music imitative of Nono and Lachenmann.

The String Quartet No. 1O (1993/97) is in three movements. The brief first movement sets out the theme, all four instruments playing in unison pizzicato, occasionally doubled or replaced by another of the instruments. In the second movement, that theme is subject to all manner of violence: it is articulated with sloppy rhythms and glissandi by some instruments, and constantly disputed by others playing Bartok pizzicatos. Towards the end of the movement, something like a folk song can be heard through the chaos -- in fact, this is the Follia theme that has inspired composers for many centuries. The third movement is contemplative and pure, marked by slow tempo and harmonics.

The Minguett Quartet's survey passes over for the time being the String Quartet No. 11 (which wasn't published and premiered until fairly recently) and we have next the Twelfth (2001). This is in one movement, but the CD divides it into two tracks, with the second track starting from bar 106. While it starts with pizzicato, Rihm soon brings in music that had previously appeared in his work Jagden und Formen and a whole host of other pieces.
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