℗ 2018 Naxos
Duration 1h 09m 32s
Record Label Naxos
Catalogue No. 8.573588
Release Date November 9, 2018
Genre Classical
 

Wirén: String Quartets Nos. 2-5

Wirén Quartet

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String Quartet No. 2, Op. 9  
1.1
I. Theme & Variations
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
7:44
1.2
II. Scherzo
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
6:00
1.3
III. Finale
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
5:00
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 18  
1.4
I. Allegro moderato
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
5:31
1.5
II. Andante - Vivace - Allegretto
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
5:31
1.6
III. Presto
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
2:41
1.7
IV. Allegro
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
5:33
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 28  
1.8
I. Calmo - Allegro molto - Calmo
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
4:54
1.9
II. Intermezzo I. Moderato
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
2:28
1.10
III. Intermezzo II. Prestissimo
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
2:06
1.11
IV. Lento
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
4:23
1.12
V. Allegro molto
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
4:42
String Quartet No. 5, Op. 41  
1.13
I. Allegro molto
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
3:45
1.14
II. Andante espressivo - Allegro capriccioso
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
4:50
1.15
III. Allegro
Dag Wirén; Wirén Quartet
4:24
Digital Booklet
Duration    1h 09m 32s
The tapestry of drama, refinement and expressive lyricism in Dag Wiren’s four string quartets (the First Quartet was withdrawn) provides a substantial overview of his musical evolution over 35 years.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 somber, with nods towards Sibelius and Shostakovich, and in the Fifth, completed not long before Wiren’s retirement as a composer, the easy confidence of the earlier quartets has been replaced by a mood of pessimism and uncertainty. The Wiren Quartet was formed in 1994 with Hans Elvkull and Linn Elvkull, who are still part of the ensemble. Roger Olsson and Hanna Thorell have been members since 2003. All four musicians play in the internationally renowned Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
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