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    The best one since 1970 is Ainsi la nuit... obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorOfIceCream View Post
    The best one since 1970 is Ainsi la nuit... obviously.
    No... obviously.

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    Apparently so good that it's been posted twice I see....(post no.13).
    I don't think the OP wants to get into a 'mine's better than yours' thread. I think it's meant to be a listening resource and as such, it's shaping up very nicely.
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    Aulis Sallinen: SQ no. 5 (1983; Jean Sibelius Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1958; ... 4: 1971; 5: 1983; 6: 2014; in my collection nos. 1 to 5]


    Manfred Trojahn: SQ no. 4 (2009; Henschel Quartett)
    [info – 1: 1976; 2: 1979/80; 3: 1983; “Fragmente für Antigone” [six pieces for SQ]; in my collection nos. 3, 4 and “Fragmente ...”)
    first movement:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHsohTIG-1U
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdtgrilwRlA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2-uAbTlvKI

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    George Lewis: String Quartet No. 1.5 "Experiments In Living" (2016) - Spektral Quartet

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    I especially liked those last two: Manfred Trojahn & George Lewis.

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    Fernando Lopes-Graça: SQ no. 2 (1982; Quarteto Lopes-Graça)
    [info – 1: 1964; Suite Rústica no. 2 for string quartet: 1965; 14 Anotações para Quarteto de Cordas: 1966]


    Elliott Carter: SQ no. 5 (1995; Pacifica Quartet)
    [info – 1: 1951; 2: 1959; 3: 1971; 4: 1986]


    SanAntone – I guess you know Carter’s quartets. There has been much praise for them and I would love to second that. But alas, until now they don’t reach out to me. I don’t deny the skills of composer or performers (I’m in no way qualified to do that). But maybe I just need another emotional wavelength. I guess I have to try again in a few years ...

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    This last, late, Carter quartet, is a recent discovery for me. When it came out a friend of mine, a composer, dismissed it in a conversation, he said Carter was past it, and that kind of put me off investigating. But in fact I think he was wrong, I rather like it for its lyricism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonance View Post
    SanAntone – I guess you know Carter’s quartets. There has been much praise for them and I would love to second that. But alas, until now they don’t reach out to me. I don’t deny the skills of composer or performers (I’m in no way qualified to do that). But maybe I just need another emotional wavelength. I guess I have to try again in a few years ...
    One thing I like about the Carter SQ is that each one occupies a specific stylistic spot.

    Quartet No. 1: metric modulation, the parts do not share the same tempo
    Quartet No. 2: assigning different characters to each part, much like characters in a play, having a conversation
    Quartet No. 3: the four parts are divided into duos
    Quartet No. 4: begins with an opposition of the parts that gradually unify into a continuous melodic line
    Quartet No. 5: somewhat like a suite or interlude/statement of twelve movements divided into pairs of complimenting sections

    The 5th is the one I have listened to least, but I doubt I would agree with your composer friend since right up until the day he died Carter was writing compelling music.

    I rank the 20th century quartets by Bartok, Shostakovich, Weinberg, and Carter as among the best ever written. I also would put Krzysztof Meyer's in that group, but his are not as well known (yet). The 20th century (and continuing into C21) had a blossoming of activity concerning the string quartet. Almost all of the major composers wrote them, and many spent considerable time/energy with the form, writing a group of them across their entire career.

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    While not exactly a strict string quartet (it has the addition of the flute), this is very good.

    Joan Tower - Rising (2009)


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    Simon, your flute quartet is a nice contribution - for the 21st Century Chamber Music thread.

    But I would like to keep this thread limited to string quartets, only.

    Thanks.

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    Here's Charles Wuorinen's 1st string quartet.

    Wuorinen is one of my favorite composers, but I'm not sure how I feel about his string quartets yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Moon View Post
    Here's Charles Wuorinen's 1st string quartet.

    Wuorinen is one of my favorite composers, but I'm not sure how I feel about his string quartets yet.


    I agree. Wuorinen was a 20th century master. Sad loss this March.

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    Morton Feldman - String Quartet (1979)



    This is a late Feldman quartet, but whereas the better-known String Quartet 2 lasts 4-6 hours, this work is only an hour and a half, more typical for late Feldman.

    This work has an agile urgency and subtle humour. It's less glowingly sensual than the String Quartet 2 and doesn't luxuriously linger on a cellular idea for nearly as long. By late Feldman standards it even has a propulsive momentum, even compared to "faster" works like Patterns in a Chromatic Field or For John Cage, because it doesn't linger on cells as long. It will keep you to the edge of your seat.

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