Gorecki: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 62 ‘Already it is dusk’, String Quartet No 2, Op.64 ‘Quasi una fantasia’, Genesis: Elementi, Op 19
Naxos 8573919 @ £7.50 plus P&P
Gramophone, Editor’s Choice, Jan 2019 “There are other outstanding recordings of these works…but the Tippetts not only provide renditions of equal stature, missing no nuance of either extreme calm or intransigent violence, but Naxos’s recording is as clear as a bell…This is a recording deserving of the very highest recommendation.”
BBC Music Magazine “Throughout, the Tippett Quartet are sympathetic and expert interpreters negotiating Gorecki’s soundworld with a strong sense of ensemble and making the most of the abundant contrasts of material and intensity. Perhaps not every detail is in place, but they are unquestionably impressive in externalising the coherence and formal integrity of these work.”
About this recording ….
With the belated success of his Third Symphony ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’ (Naxos 8.550822), Górecki emerged in the 1990s as a composer of world stature. Between 1988 and 1995 he wrote three string quartets for the Kronos Quartet that are among his most important mature works. String Quartet No. 1 reveals chorale-like themes, so much a feature of his later writing, as well as hectic, dance-like motion, while the Second Quartet’s wider range of expression explicitly evokes Beethoven. Genesis I: Elementi offers a powerful contrast – a string trio from 1962 of uncompromising immediacy.