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Thread: Today's String Quartets: better* than ever before

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    Today's string quartets versus the past... Better sound quality overall today and more contemporary works to choose from, but not necessarily better played. There is a difference and it can take practice to tell the difference. For instance, my favorite Bartok String Quartets were recorded by the Hungarian Ramor ST in 1960... The sound is still good but not as good by today's standards, and yet the interpretations are outstanding, better than today's, in my opinion, not too harsh, astringent and gruff as Bartok is all too often distorted and played - the difference between the highest possible quality of sound and an outstanding, idiomatic musical performance. So I'm leery of being seduced by the quality of sound when the performance could actually be dry, intellectual and sterile, if one plays attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shirime View Post
    Oh yeah, true, but I'm thinking of more recent composers.
    Tormis. Esenvalds, Golijov and Sallinen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eusebius12 View Post
    Tormis. Esenvalds, Golijov and Sallinen.
    I've heard of Golijov and Sallinen but barely come across their work......are they recorded by string quartet ensembles mentioned in the OP or ensembles like them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirime View Post
    I have not previously paid much attention to his music but I did come across this video (or one like it) once before. Listening to it now, I like what I hear so I will have to find some more of his music to listen to. Thanks for bringing it up.
    Glad you like it! He's one of my favorites. If I haven't mentioned him to you before, I usually compare his style to Xenakis, but I personally find it more emotional and beautiful, I think it might be more precisely composed. Perhaps his most well-known works are his orchestral pieces, in chronological order: Antar Atman, Ariadna, Sahara, Oleada, and Coma Berenices (which is his second to last work). I love them all, and they're great to listen to in order like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirime View Post
    I've heard of Golijov and Sallinen but barely come across their work......are they recorded by string quartet ensembles mentioned in the OP or ensembles like them?
    Actually, the 1st 2 probably have composed very little chamber music in general, and the last 2 I can't recall any string quartets specifically, just speaking about neo-tonal composers in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    And I like no.3 by Schnittke as performed by the Borodin Quartet.
    One word: Molinari.

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    Well I listened to this one again recently and I think that perhaps it's my favourite string quartet at the moment. More than the 6th! I think ~10 minutes is a pretty good length for a string quartet that is so packed with juicy sounds......there's so much good stuff in here that it's like putting a ripe cherry tomato in your mouth and bursting it with your teeth, filling your mouth with flavour and almost more juice than could actually fit inside it!



    Man, this is cool stuff.

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    Great thread, Shirime. Lots of interesting music here.
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    Great thread, Shirime. Lots of interesting music here.
    Thanks, science, glad you enjoyed it.

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