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String Quartet No 5


Just two years after having composed his String Quartet No 4, in 1991, Glass produced his fifth, and so far final, quartet. Prior composing the work the composer later explained, ‘I was thinking that I had really gone beyond the need to write a serious string quartet and that I could write a quartet that is about musicality, which in a certain way is the most serious subject.’ Indeed, the work succeeds brilliantly perhaps by virtue of the composer’s less deliberately contemplative approach. Both Romantic and thoroughly modern, the music is by turns, insistent, luminous, incandescent and dark—ultimately a triumphantly successful exercise in contrasts and a truly great string quartet.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2007


Glass: Complete String Quartets
Studio Master: SIGCD117Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 1: [untitled]
Track 3 on SIGCD117 CD2 [1'35] Download only
Movement 2: [untitled]
Track 4 on SIGCD117 CD2 [3'12] Download only
Movement 3: [untitled]
Track 5 on SIGCD117 CD2 [6'30] Download only
Movement 4: [untitled]
Track 6 on SIGCD117 CD2 [5'08] Download only
Movement 5: [untitled]
Track 7 on SIGCD117 CD2 [7'59] Download only

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