String Quartets by Lars-Erik Larsson
Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-1986) is one of the best-loved Swedish composers, known above all for his orchestral music, especially the Pastoral Suite (1938) and the lyrical suite A God Disguised (1940).
On this CD we present the three String Quartets and â€śLate Autumn Leavesâ€ť.
In a radio programme, excerpts from SenhĂ¶stblad (â€śLate Autumn Leavesâ€ť) by Ola Hansson (1860-1925) were interspersed with brief string quartet movements by Lars-Erik Larsson. Ola Hanssonâ€™s poems describe autumn as experienced on various occasions from a quiet day in September to the point where autumn has turned into winter. Larsson put some of the music together into the collection â€śIntimate Miniaturesâ€ť. In addition to these four movements, the Stenhammar Quartet recently discovered another two, enabling us to present the first-ever recorded version of â€śLate Autumn Leavesâ€ť in its entirety.
The Stenhammar Quartet,
one of Swedenâ€™s most sought after string quartets, consists of Peter Olofsson, first violin, Per Ă–man, second violin, Tony Bauer, viola, and Mats Olofsson, cello. The main emphasis of the repertoire is on Swedish music, often works seldom played previously, but, needless to say, the international repertoire is also included. In addition, the quartet has commissioned new works from several Swedish composers, most recently (2008) from Per MĂĄrtensson. This is their first album of their own
â€śSenhĂ¶stbladâ€ť (â€śLate Autumn Leavesâ€ť)
/incl. Intimate Miniatures/ Op. 20 /1940/
String Quartet No. 1 Op. 31 /1944/
7 Allegro ma non troppo
8 Adagio - Allegro giocoso â€“ Adagio
9 Molto vivace
String Quartet No. 2 â€śQuartetto alla serenataâ€ť Op. 44 /1955/
10 Allegro giocoso
11 â€śCanzonettaâ€ť Andantino
12 Andante tranquillo - Allegro vivace
String Quartet No. 3 Op. 65 /1975/
14 Allegretto - Presto â€“ Allegretto
The Stenhammar Quartet play throughout with articulate communicative devotion and emotional precision throughout. The presentation is clean, thorough â€“ all that you might wish.
see the complete review: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/Apr09/Larsson_Quarte...
Lars-Erik Larsson's (born 1908) three String Quartets for the first time on one CD! With The Stenhammar Quartet. If you haven't yet made the acquaintance of the music of this interesting Swede this is a really good starting point. The music is, superficially, easy to listen to but has sufficient quirks and twists and turns to keep you wondering what is going to happen next. The Stenhammar Quartet plays magnificently and the recording and presentation are excellent. Bob Briggs
If you haven't yet made the acquaintance of the music of this interesting Swede this is a really good starting point. The music is, superficially, easy to listen to but has sufficient quirks and twists and turns to keep you wondering what is going to happen next. The Stenhammar Quartet plays magnificently and the recording and presentation are excellent.
See the complete review: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/Aug09/Larsson_Quartets_daphne1035.htm