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György Ligeti (1923-2006)
String Quartet No. 1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes” (1953-1954)
Andante and Allegretto for String Quartet (1950)
String Quartet No. 2 (1968)
AVANTGARDE CLASSICS FOR STRING QUARTET
Quatuor Diotima makes its Pentatone debut with a recording of Györgi Ligeti’s string quartets. While the second quartet from 1968 is an avant-garde classic, the first from 1953-54, “Metamorphoses nocturnes”, is often nicknamed Bartók’s seventh quartet, pointing out the continuity between these two Hungarian master composers. Despite moments of nostalgia, it already possesses the ferocious, adventurous nature of the later quartet. In-between these two iconoclast works, the Andante and Allegretto from 1950 offers an intimate moment of repose. The members of Diotima long postponed recording Ligeti’s string quartets, intimidated by their music-historical significance and the demands they place on the players, but now the time has come to pursue this fascinating project and share it with the world.
Quatuor Diotima is one the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world today, and has worked in close collaboration with several of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century. Reflected in the mirror of today’s music, the quartet projects a new light onto the masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries.