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Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, January 2014

The Naxos release of the String Quartets Nos 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer is also a fourth and final volume, this time in the series of the complete quartets performed by the Wieniawski String Quartet…The members of this Polish ensemble are completely at home with these important works by their compatriot, and the four volumes constitute an impressive set. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Byzantion
MusicWeb International, October 2013

The first four of Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer’s string quartets are handily gathered together for this, the fourth and final volume in the Wieniawski Quartet’s recording for Naxos of the composer’s complete quartets…Volume 4 sees their most confident and persuasive interpretations of Meyer.

Sound quality is very good—the close miking of previous volumes has been adjusted to provide more comfortable listening. Anyone considering only a single-volume investment will be well rewarded with this one. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2013

We have now reached the fourth and last volume of the complete cycle of string quartets that we so far have from the Polish-born composer, Krzysztof Meyer. Influenced by mentors that have included Penderecki and Nadia Boulanger, he has been a prolific composer with a portfolio of scores including seven symphonies. Here we return to his four earliest works in the string quartet genre, beginning on 1963 with the quartet that introduced his music to Warsaw on 1963. It is Meyer at his most approachable, and follows in the footsteps of Penderecki as he explores the extremes of the combined sonorities of his four instruments. Though it is some way away from tonality, I hope you will find this type of ‘harmonic’ language interesting. It is in three short movements, and contrasts with the second quartet that is in one continuous span. Like its predecessor it slips and slides around, as was fashionable at the time, and it does sound rather dated, the latter part of the score having a pungency imported from the United States. Two years later, and full of impact, his Third sees a desire to compose more extensive scores, the outer movements often resembling an angry swarm of bees, sliding around now largely in his past. Then right at the end of the piece we find a major shift to something far more tonal that takes us into the Fourth which is both fascinating and points to a mature composure. Probably best to start there and work backwards to where he began his career. Poland’s Wieniawski String Quartet have played throughout with a dedication towards their national composer, though this is music that must be very challenging.  The sound quality, which has improved through the cycle, is very good. © 2013 David’s Review Corner





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