ESA-PEKKA SALONEN (b.1958): Homunculus, GYÖRGY LIGETI (1923-2006): String Quartet No. 1 “Métamorphoses Nocturnes”, BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976): String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94.

Catalogue Number: 04T072

Label: Alba

Reference: ABCD 409

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $18.98

Description: Salonen's 2007 quartet, is, in the composer's words, " ... a little piece that behaves like a big piece. " Hence the title, suggested by the 17th century theory of conception, which held that a fully formed human being was present from the beginning which only had to grow to full size. So, this quartet contains the fully formed elements of a complete four-movement quartet - scherzo, slow movement, expository movement and 'chorale', compressed into one another into a very small space (a bit less than 1/4 hour). The composer's idiom is always based in tonality, though well spiced with harsh dissonances. The rough, aggressive 'scherzo' material begins the piece and provides its climax, and then the 'movements' fall over each other as they vie for attention, ending with a long, slow, sad statement of the 'chorale' chords. Kamus Quartet.


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