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Glass: Compete String Quartets

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2008


Deirdre Cooper


Nic Pendlebury


Ian Humphries


Darragh Morgan


The Smith Quartet


St Pauls Church, Deptford, UK


Tim Oldham


Alexander van Ingen

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Total Time - 88:14
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String Quartet No. 3: 'MISHIMA'

1 I '1957: Award Montage' 4:08
2 II 'Novemer 25: Ichigaya' 1:14
3 III 'Grandmother and Kimitake' 3:19
4 IV '1963: Body Building' 1:42
5 V 'Blood Oath' 2:51
6 VI 'Mishima/Closing (End Credits)' 2:50

String Quartet No. 2 'Company'

7 I 2:51
8 II 1:49
9 III 1:46
10 IV 2:12

String Quartet No. 4: 'BUCZAK'

11 I 7:30
12 II 8:25
13 III 6:57

String Quartet No. 1


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1 I Part 1 8:48
2 II Part 2 7:28

String Quartet No. 5

3 I 1:35
4 II 3:12
5 III 6:30
6 IV 5:08
7 V 7:59
Glass: The Complete Quartets – The Smith Quartet

In the wake of the critically acclaimed albums Different Trains and Ghost Stories, Signum is pleased to announce the release of The Smith Quartet’s latest album: the complete string quartets by Philip Glass.

Over a time span of twenty-five years, Glass has completed eight quartets (the three earliest were withdrawn) drawing on influences of composers from Bach to Shostakovich, as well as on exterior musical sources: dance, theatre and film. Clear-cut, polished performances by The Smith Quartet give the listener an excellent taster of an ensemble at the forefront of contemporary music.

"This superb foursome - Ian Humphries and Darragh Morgan (violins) , Nic Pendlebury (viola) and Deirdre Cooper (cello) - celebrate their 20th year with the release of another excellent portfolio from Philip Glass. The highly respected Quartet is well-known for its championing of new works and ongoing collaborations with a wide range of artists. CD1 here, however focuses on three principle quartets; the soundtrack-based Mishima, the dramatic Company and the tribute to artist Brian Buczak. CD2 contains stirring cyclical movements from String Quartet No. 1 and standout String Quartet No. 5. Simply timeless, emotive and brilliant in execution from start to finish."

Keith Ames

Musician Magazine - 2008

"...As with the other performances you feel that the Smith Quartet have lived and breathed this music.

The set is well presented and the whole effect is very pleasing..."

Rob Barnett - August 2008

"...The Smith Quartet’s thoughtful and measured performance allows subtle metric, linear and textural features to rise unassumingly to the surface, enhanced on this recording by a clear, balanced stereo image, and played with characteristic precision and projection by the ensemble...."

Pwyll ap Siôn

Gramophone - June 2008

"How long before the Kronos is labelled the ’American Smith Quartet’? The Smiths must be heartily narked at always being compared to their American colleagues when, arguably, they are ahead of the curve at generating new repertoire and taking the experimental back-catalogue seriously. A case in point is this fine survey of Philip Glass’s string quartets. The first quartet, which was written shortly after the composer’s student days, is rarely played but gives an intriguing early glimpse of his trademark repetitions emerging from behind a darkly expressionist soundworld. The second quartet, Company, is the Glass quartet everyone knows, but the rest are equally worthwhile: neo-Bachian purity and idiosyncratic harmonic shifts in abundance."   *****

Philip Clark

Classic FM Magazine - June 2008

"Sometimes described as Britain’s answer to the Kronos Quartet, the Smiths are well-versed in the chamber music of Philip Glass, which thus far amounts to five works over 25 years (after his withdrawal of three earlier pieces). Drawing on influences from Bach to Shostakovich, as well as the worlds of dance, theatre and film so conspicuous throughout his output, Glass weaves filigree tapestries given polished, finely detailed airings by the virtuoso Brits. The third quartet, ’Mishima’, offers an especially fine glimpse of distant horizons reduced to a minimalist perspective."

Anthony Holden

The Observer - 9 March 2008

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