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WIRÉN, D.: String Quartets Nos. 2-5 (Wirén Quartet)


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WIRÉN, D.: String Quartets Nos. 2-5 (Wirén Quartet)

The tapestry of drama, refinement and expressive lyricism in Dag Wirén’s four string quartets (the First Quartet was withdrawn) provides a substantial overview of his musical evolution over 35 years. His earlier works are more accessible than challenging, as demonstrated by the relaxed and affirmative Second and Third Quartets. The Fourth Quartet is more sombre, with nods towards Sibelius and Shostakovich, and in the Fifth, completed not long before Wirén’s retirement as a composer, the easy confidence of the earlier quartets has been replaced by a mood of pessimism and uncertainty.

Wirén, Dag

  String Quartet No. 2, Op. 9
1.   I. Theme and variations 00:07:44
2.   II. Scherzo 00:06:00
3.   III. Finale 00:05:00
  String Quartet No. 3, Op. 18
4.   I. Allegro moderato 00:05:31
5.   II. Andante - Vivace - Allegretto 00:05:31
6.   III. Presto 00:02:41
7.   IV. Allegro 00:05:33
  String Quartet No. 4, Op. 28
8.   I. Calmo - Allegro molto - Calmo 00:04:54
9.   II. Intermezzo I: Moderato 00:02:28
10.   III. Intermezzo II: Prestissimo 00:02:06
11.   IV. Lento 00:04:23
12.   V. Allegro molto 00:04:42
  String Quartet No. 5, Op. 41
13.   I. Allegro molto 00:03:45
14.   II. Andante espressivo - Allegro capricioso 00:04:50
15.   III. Allegro 00:04:24

Total Playing Time: 01:09:32

Wirén, Dag

Wirén Quartet

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.573588

Barcode: 747313358878

Physical Release: 11/2018

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