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Janáček & Ligeti: Quartets

Janáček & Ligeti: Quartets

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  • String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata': I. Adagio con moto
    Composer(s) Leoš Janáček
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata': I. Adagio con moto

    04:20
    $2.40
  • String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata': II. Con moto
    Composer(s) Leoš Janáček
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata': II. Con moto

    04:59
    $2.40
  • String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata': III. Con moto - Vivace - Andante - Tempo I
    Composer(s) Leoš Janáček
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata': III. Con moto - Vivace - Andante - Tempo I

    04:37
    $2.40
  • String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata': IV. Con moto
    Composer(s) Leoš Janáček
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata': IV. Con moto

    05:42
    $4.80
  • String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters': I. Andante - Con moto - Allegro
    Composer(s) Leoš Janáček
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters': I. Andante - Con moto - Allegro

    06:38
    $4.80
  • String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters': II. Adagio - Vivace
    Composer(s) Leoš Janáček
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters': II. Adagio - Vivace

    06:13
    $4.80
  • String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters': III. Moderato - Andante - Adagio
    Composer(s) Leoš Janáček
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters': III. Moderato - Andante - Adagio

    05:31
    $4.80
  • String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters': IV. Allegro - Andante – Adagio
    Composer(s) Leoš Janáček
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters': IV. Allegro - Andante – Adagio

    08:37
    $4.80
  • String Quartet No.1 ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’
    Composer(s) György Ligeti
    Artist(s) Belcea Quartet

    String Quartet No.1 ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’

    23:28
    $12.00

Total running time: 70 minutes.

Album information

The Belcea Quartet already has an impressive discography to which they add three quartets by two iconic composers of the 20th century: Leos Janáček and György Ligeti.

Fifteen years after its first recording and after some changes in personnel, the Belcea Quartet has decided to re-record the two string quartets by Janáček. The First Quartet was inspired by Leon Tolstoy’s famous novella, The Kreutzer Sonata: the four-movement work follows the narrative, including its culminating murder. The Second Quartet is subtitled Intimate Letters, in homage to Kamila Stösslova, with whom the composer had an important relationship expressed through letters, one that influenced both his life and his music.

Finally, the First Quartet by Ligeti, subtitled Métamorphoses nocturnes because of its particular form. The composer described the work as a sort of theme and variations, but not with a specific theme that is then subsequently varied: rather, it is a single musical thought appearing under constantly new guises – for this reason the word ‘metamophoses’ is more appropriate than ‘variations’.