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String Quartet No 5

composer
1991

 
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

Recordings

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

Details

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

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD117 disc 2 track 4

[untitled]
Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-08-11717
Duration
3'12
Recording date
28 July 2007
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, Deptford, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Oldham
Recording engineer
Alexander Van Ingen
Hyperion usage
  1. Glass: Complete String Quartets (SIGCD117)
    Disc 2 Track 4
    Release date: March 2008
    Download only
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