GINASTERA Complete String Quartets

"The Ensō Quartet plays very well; they’ve got their intonation and ensemble together. They take full advantage of texture changes to give the sound some needed variety amidst the nervous harshness of Quartets 1 and 2. I had this recurring though barely noticed thought that their tone as a group was remarkably unified; I then read in the notes that their instruments are a matched set made in 2006 by Nigel Harris. Shelton’s voice is pleasant…The sound is good" --American Record Guide, November 2009

Naxos’s recording of Ginastera’s Complete Music for Cello and Piano (8.570569) was hailed for ‘the music’s percussive rhythms as well as its reflective and mysterious melodic invention’ by The Strad. Similarly, each of his highly individual and engaging string quartets abound in kinetic energy, glowingly evocative writing and the ever-present rhythms and sounds of his native Argentinean music. In his expressive Third String Quartet a solo soprano, fully integrated into the quartet texture, sings texts by Alberti, Jiménez and Lorca to create an intensely coloured spectrum of words and music.

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