KRZYSZTOF MEYER (b.1943): String Quartets, Vol. 2 - No. 9, Op. 74, No. 11, Op. 95 and No. 12, Op. 103.
Catalogue Number: 01N066
Description: Meyer's quartets fall into the category of mainstream 20th-century style that includes those of Bartók and Shostakovich. The five-movement Ninth alternates vehemence and melancholy, expressed in very Shostakovich-like terms. The same may be said of the Eleventh, which begins in introspective mood and progresses from uneasy calm through episodes of increasing agitation and rhythmic and textural complexity in be unbroken span. The large-scale Twelfth is also a seamless arc, this time comprising nine contrasting sections, several of which highlight a member of the quartet in a concertante role. Emotionally involving and meticulously crafted, these works will appeal to anyone interested in the continuation of the quartet tradition (as opposed to its novelty-seeking experiment-based rejection) in our time. Wieniawski String Quartet.