Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 52

Thread: Heavy, aggressive string quartets?

  1. #1
    Newbies
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Heavy, aggressive string quartets?

    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?

  2. #2
    Senior Member Art Rock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Kampen (NL)
    Posts
    20,532
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Try the Shostakovich cycle. Start with #8.
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

  3. Likes ptr, Crazy, Triplets and 6 others liked this post
  4. #3
    Senior Member ptr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    6,089
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Try the Shostakovich cycle. Start with #8.
    Yea, also the six that Bartok wrote all have a darkish flavour!

    /ptr
    Je suis Charlie ~ I am a certified OrgaNut! (F.—I.W.)

  5. Likes norman bates, TresPicos, Crazy and 5 others liked this post
  6. #4
    Senior Member norman bates's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    3,334
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ptr View Post
    Yea, also the six that Bartok wrote all have a darkish flavour!

    /ptr
    When I've read the title the first think I've thought was this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmkDMTU-hb4

  7. Likes Crazy liked this post
  8. #5
    Newbies
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks for great recommendations! I've listened to no. 8 by Shostakovich and no. 4 by Bartok today and love them both!

  9. Likes Art Rock, Alypius, MoonlightSonata liked this post
  10. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    River Forest, Il, U.S.A.
    Posts
    2,836
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Beethoven. Try the Razumovsky Quartets, op. 59, 1-3.

    Janacek's 2 Quartets are strikingly passionate.

  11. Likes hpowders, Kopachris, Ukko and 2 others liked this post
  12. #7
    Senior Member norman bates's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    3,334
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Beethoven. Try the Razumovsky Quartets, op. 59, 1-3.
    the grosse fuge too.

  13. Likes Bas, Andreas, MJongo and 1 others liked this post
  14. #8
    Senior Member (Ret) Alypius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    865
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I agree with ptr. The string quartets of Bela Bartok are the place to begin. Glad to hear that you discovered Bartok's String Quartet #4. For me the finest performance is by the Takacs Quartet. So I've posted a YouTube of their performance below. As you probably discovered, the most aggression appears in the final movement (around 16:50 in the video):



    On an earlier thread, there's been a fairly detailed discussion about this and other quartets by Bartok:

    Cycle review: Bartok

    That aggression emerges from the very beginning in Bartok's string quartet #5, but it alternates with either tender or searching passages. Here's the video:



    Most consider Bartok's string quartets the finest of the 20th century (though some make the case for Shostakovich's).
    Last edited by Alypius; Sep-06-2014 at 16:20.

  15. Likes violadude liked this post
  16. #9
    Senior Member (Ret) Alypius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    865
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    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. But he's got a Masters in Classical Composition from Yale. He's performed the premier of works by American composer Steve Reich. His first CD-length collection of classical works appeared about a year ago. This is his string quartet entitled Aheym (Yiddish for "homecoming"). It is performed by the Kronos Quartet, who have been on the cutting edge of new music for some 30 years:

    Last edited by Alypius; Sep-06-2014 at 17:15.

  17. Likes Crazy, scratchgolf liked this post
  18. #10
    Senior Member (Ret) Alypius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    865
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    One more: It's from Bartok's countryman, Gyorgy Ligeti, one of the finest composers of the 2nd half of the 20th century. He has two string quartets. The first is punctuated with aggressive movements. This is String Quartet #1 ("Metamorphoses Nocturnes"), performed by the Arditti Quartet:


  19. Likes hpowders liked this post
  20. #11
    Senior Member Kontrapunctus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    4,454
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Try quartets by Alfred Schnittke, Peter Maxwell Davies, or Wolfgang Rihm, too.

  21. Likes Art Rock, Alypius, Igneous01 liked this post
  22. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,129
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Schonberg op. 7.


  23. Likes DebussyDoesDallas liked this post
  24. #13
    Sr. Moderator TurnaboutVox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    South-west Scotland, UK
    Posts
    4,505
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    There's also plenty of heavy aggression in Max Reger's two astringent Op. 54 quartets, in Anton Webern's '5 movements, op. 5' (albeit in tiny, highly concentrated micro-doses) and in Alfred Schnittke's 4 string quartets
    Last edited by TurnaboutVox; Sep-06-2014 at 19:03.

  25. Likes hpowders, musicrom liked this post
  26. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,129
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Last movement of Beethoven's op 131 in C sharp minor.

  27. Likes Triplets, Igneous01 liked this post
  28. #15
    Senior Member PetrB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    11,622
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    George Crumb ~ Black Angels
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sffh9spQopA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSKYZOM3jAQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI25_xr7o9Q

    Hans Werner Henze ~ String quartet No. 5 (in memoriam Benjamin Britten)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR4DTMVveD8

    Terry Riley ~ Requiem for Adam, for string quartet and Sound Collage (prepared tape.)
    (This is in the first movement, first gentle, and quietly dark. The opening of the second movement is more than a little startling. -- The third movement, last two of the four links below, 'rocks' more than a bit --:-) I have no idea if it will align with your current taste quest, but recommend it nonetheless.)
    This link is to a user's playlist
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYTu...AXH10u2gbWa40X
    failing that, here are the four links...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYTuMcYVl48
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtPST1uj7pw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT6mstFDorg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiVfHe94Emw

    John Adams ~ John's book of alleged dances, for string quartet and tape. These are a series of dance-like movements, most based on popular forms and genres. Very nice, fun, entertaining. The link is several excerpts from the complete suite. [Try Toot Nipple, at 02'30'']
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHsF_0A-qZw

    Elliott Carter's String Quartets are dense with multiple layers of activity
    String Quartet No. 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwbPwq3-PAs

    If you also enjoy strings as soloist in concerti with orchestra:

    Alban Berg: Violin Concerto
    Stravinsky: Violin Concerto (maybe still on youtube, Gil Shaham, Violin)
    Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto
    Shostakovich: two 'Cello concerti, two for violin
    Prokofiev: Two Violin concerti, sinfonia concertante for cello and orchestra
    Ligeti: Violin Concerto
    John Adams:
    Violin Concerto
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFfcFrNRDaM
    Dharma at Big Sur, for six-string electric Violin and orchestra
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htqhGgBWxyI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfBbY-BlX-k

    Add P.s.
    Mozart's Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546 is, imo, one of the grimmest things he ever composed.
    Too, you might like his String Quintets, 'viola quintets,' with two violins, two violas and 'cello, the two violas having these Quintets all 'pitched' in a lower and darker timbre than is usual for string quartets.
    Last edited by PetrB; Sep-06-2014 at 21:53.

  29. Likes ptr, Alypius, AClockworkOrange and 5 others liked this post
Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. What is it about UK string quartets?
    By jurianbai in forum Solo & Chamber Music
    Replies: 88
    Last Post: Apr-29-2018, 18:38
  2. Polish String Quartets
    By Head_case in forum Solo & Chamber Music
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: May-15-2013, 00:31
  3. *THE* String Quartets
    By ComposerOfAvantGarde in forum Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: Oct-12-2012, 20:24
  4. Atonal String Quartets
    By neoshredder in forum Solo & Chamber Music
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: Jul-17-2012, 22:59
  5. Your Ten Favorite String Quartets
    By LvB in forum Solo & Chamber Music
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: Feb-05-2010, 23:16

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •