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Passionate and musical, while technically dexterous

First, I would like to assure you that the correct tracks are now downloading. Second, I recommend this recording as quite possibly the definitive recording of Carter's Quartets 1 and 5. (After listening to these, I think I can be so bold as to say that 2 - 4 will be equally as outstanding). Not only is there fantastic virtuosity and individual character among them, but also astounding ensemble playing. Their nuanced rendering follows every dynamic and phrase marking indicated by Carter while expressing lyricism and rhythmic energy with zeal to spare! Simin Ganatra stands out with her lovely singing tone (especially impressive in the treacherous high register), and Brandon Vamos for making Carter's rhythmic complexity sound as simple and natural as Mozart. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

At last a new recording of a momental work.

I love the Arditti recordings but it's refreshing to see a young group such as the Pasifica pick up the tourch and keep these works in rotation. They have to because the Kronos Quartet wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. Then again I'm not sure the Kronos has even heard of Elliott Carter. He's never written anything that includes a pipa and screaming.


These are not the Elliot Carter Quatets described. What is downloaded are some old, scratchy recordings of two piano concertos (not very well played either. I hope to God they fix it. I'd rather like to hear the Carter Quartet no 5.

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Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5, Pacifica Quartet
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 29, 2008

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