DAG WIRÉN (1905-1986): String Quartets No. 2, Op. 9, No. 3, Op. 18, No. 4, Op. 28 and No. 5, Op. 41.
Catalogue Number: 11U013
Description: The tapestry of drama, refinement and expressive lyricism in Dag Wiren’s four string quartets (the First Quartet was withdrawn) provides a substantial overview of his musical evolution over 35 years. His earlier works are more accessible than challenging, as demonstrated by the relaxed and affirmative Second and Third quartets. The Fourth is more somber, with nods towards Sibelius and Shostakovich, and in the Fifth, completed not long before Wiren’s retirement as a composer, the easy confidence of the earlier quartets has been replaced by a mood of pessimism and uncertainty. Wirén Quartet.