Catalan String Quartets
While the string quartet is most usually associated with the Germanic traditions, many fine quartets have emanated from a variety of sources in more recent times, and the Catalan area is such. The four quartets recorded here are important because they offer a picture of quartet writing outside the main European canon; the four composers are of the generation after the great Roberto Gerhard, who left Spain for Britain in 1939 but whose roots in Catalan music created the cornerstone for this new school of expression.
- String Quartet no. 1 (23:09)
- String Quartet no. 2 (13:28)
- String Quartet (16:30)
- String Quartet no. 5 (26:10)
Were it not for fiercely dedicated independents such as David Lefeber’s Metier label, music lovers with a taste for adventure would be far less served. This Catalan string quartet disc is a remarkable release. The recording itself… is about as good as they get. This is exemplary string sound and the ambient space is exactly right. The Kreutzer Quartet plays with precision, heart, and soul… marvelous stuff.” —Mike Silverton
All this music is wonderfully played and recorded in a Loughton church with ideal acoustics for the purpose; the Kreutzers leave you in no doubt of their commitment and conviction. Taken one at a time, I enjoyed them all” —Peter Grahame Woolf