HENRYK GÓRECKI (1933-2010): String Quartets No. 1 "Already it is dusk", No. 2 "Quasi una fantasia" and No. 3 "...songs are sung".
Catalogue Number: 05M071
Reference: CDA 67812
Description: All of Górecki's quartets embrace both the greater western European art music tradition and his native Polish folk melos but the 1988 first quartet, a brief 15 minutes in a single movement, still seemed to cling to the "the new simplicity" of his famous Third Symphony and his 1991 Second bloomed into a half-hour long, four-movement work into which his indebtedness to Beethoven was added to the mix. Written in 1995 and withheld for ten years, the Third is huge for a string quartet - 56 minutes in this recording - and represents the end result of Górecki's compositional process. As Ivan Moody put it in his Gramophone review, "If one leaves the semiotics behind, one is able to make the possibly shocking discovery that one is listening to a work of transcendent, soul-searing beauty, in a fully romantic, not consciously postmodern, sense." 2 CDs for the price of 1. Royal String Quartet.