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    Quote Originally Posted by Alypius View Post
    Here's a newly composed one. It's by Bryce Dessner, who leads a bit of a double life, working as a rock musician and as a classical composer. He's the lead guitarist of the rock group The National.
    Hey, thanks for this one - the string quartet has lots of power! After that, I decided to check out some of The National's songs, but I have to admit i was very disappointed (the string quartet had made me expect something totally different than I what I heard, I guess).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy View Post
    Hello, this is my first post here. After years of listening to rock music, the classical music started growing on me as well.
    I like the sound of a string quartet, but I found i like them heavy and aggressive, like Grieg's in G minor and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden". Could you please recommend me some other string quartets (or other string ensembles) with dark sound and a lot of energy?
    Brian Ferneyhough quartet 3 and 6

    Helmut Lachenmann, Gran Torso

    Heinz Holliger quartets 1 and 2

    Luigi Nono Fragmente, Stille, fur Diotema; Lontananza Nostalgica; Hay Que Caminar

    Iannis Xenakis Tetras

    Elliott Carter Quartet 3 and 4

    The Ralph Shapey Quartet

    The Ravel Quartet

    Schoenberg Quartet 3

    Bruno Maderna Quartet in two tempos

    Beethoven Quartet 11 op 95

    There are some by Haydn too, but I need to think.
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    Steve Reich ~ Different Trains, for string quartet and tape
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E4Bjt_zVJc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq5jmTx_gO0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUWalsKk_RA

    ... a powerful work, period :-)

    You might also like his later Triple Quartet, which can be played by one quartet pre-recording the parts for the other two quartet and playing live with that, or, as its title indicates, three actual quartets (12 players.)
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    Have you listened to the Grosse Fuge yet? For 'heavy, aggressive' music you can't get much better, except possibly Death and the Maiden, which I think you said you had already listened to.

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    A lot of great recommendations have been made already. I would definitely second the Reger as well as Shostakovich 8. May I also suggest Smetana's String Quartet No. 1?
    Last edited by musicrom; Sep-07-2014 at 07:07.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonlightSonata View Post
    Have you listened to the Grosse Fuge yet? For 'heavy, aggressive' music you can't get much better, except possibly Death and the Maiden, which I think you said you had already listened to.
    Yes, I have alredy listened to Grosse Fuge, though it was some time ago and maybe I wasn't ready to really appreciate the work then, so I guess I'll have to give it a try again.

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    Have a look at the Arditti Quartet. They have a history of recording peachy quartets.
    http://www.ardittiquartet.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post
    Steve Reich ~ Different Trains, for string quartet and tape
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E4Bjt_zVJc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq5jmTx_gO0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUWalsKk_RA

    ... a powerful work, period :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avey View Post
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    Try some by Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2, 'Fifths' - the 3rd movement is nicknamed 'Witches' Minuet'; Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor, 'Rider' has a nice, rhythmatic attack to it. Also try his Quartet Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor, which has an excellent fugue ending.

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    Ginastera and Villa-Lobos to follow!

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    Janáček First Quartet has some aggressive and conflicting moments. I wouldn't consider it as agressive music though, more as a passionate piece of music with emotional outbursts.
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    If you like Schubert's Death and the Maiden quartet, you may want to try his other late quartets also. The Quartet No 13 in A minor ("Rosamunde") is perhaps too lyrical to qualify as "heavy" or as "aggressive", but No 15 in G major is emotionally a very intense work. I heard it live last week at the Wigmore Hall, and I felt quite drained afterwards. Like so many other late works by Schubert, there's a sense of terror about this piece.

    There is a fine modern recording of ths by Cuarteto Casals, but there are first class older recordings available on mid-price by Hungarian Quartet and Juilliard Quartet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArgumentativeOldGit View Post
    If you like Schubert's Death and the Maiden quartet, you may want to try his other late quartets also. The Quartet No 13 in A minor ("Rosamunde") is perhaps too lyrical to qualify as "heavy" or as "aggressive", but No 15 in G major is emotionally a very intense work. I heard it live last week at the Wigmore Hall, and I felt quite drained afterwards. Like so many other late works by Schubert, there's a sense of terror about this piece.

    There is a fine modern recording of ths by Cuarteto Casals, but there are first class older recordings available on mid-price by Hungarian Quartet and Juilliard Quartet.
    I like the 'Rosamunde' quartet a lot too, however, as AoG mentioned above, aggression is not really its main trait. The 1st movement does have something of that 'Death and the Maiden' feel, though.

    Schubert's Quartet Movement in C minor is very aggressive - however, he unfortunately did not complete the full quartet. But the movement is a masterpiece. Did you try Grieg's String quartet? That one is great too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chordalrock View Post
    Schonberg op. 7.

    This rocks--just ordered the CD. Thanks for the lead.

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