Dare I ask - what are you listening to in this field lol.
This is the genre which probably led me towards the string quartet as my preferred chamber music medium, starting with Szymanowski's two string quartets.
I'm really loving the late 20th century repertoire (not easy listening for those with a romantic persuasion!). Much of this new music comes to me just from following string quartet groups who I've seen live or being following since college - especially the Silesian Quartet, and the Wilanow Quartet. The Silesian Quartet have just released Bargielski's string quartets:
There's something unusually allegorical about his music for me: string quartet no.IV [of VI] introduces by a punctuated throbbing pulsation of the cello and is entitled 'Burning Time'. The existential dread which arises from listening to this music is really compelling. Then its transformation, almost seamlessly into string quartet no.V "The Time that's passed" releases the tension back into strong colorations of moods: 'Feuilles volantes''; 'Burlesque'; 'Nocturne' (evoking Dutilleux's Ainsi La Nuit); ' Tango melancolique' (like...have you ever heard...?!)...'Romance sans paroles'.
I confess I am more of a purist, and anything else tacked onto a string quartet tends to perturb me so when I saw a clarinet quintet, and an accordion quintet in addition to the six string quartets, I was curious. Clarinet quintets don't come by my way often and this one is sublime (York Bowen's beautiful clarinet quintet being the last). The accordion quintet ...wow. What an aural soundscape..!
Some might be able to hear samples on Googleplay (I can't). But the double CD is impeccable. It has a fascinating booklet expanding on Bargielski's distinctive background and identity, which has no direct comparison with his contemporaries, Szymanski, Lason or Knapik, nor any of the narrowness associated with the sonorities of Lutoslawski and Penderecki.
If you're willing to try late 20th century repertoire, this CD release is a reason to feel excited about music once more