Vilnius String Quartet – Jurgis Karnavicius: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 (2021)
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The first volume of the premiere recordings of Jurgis Karnavicius’ (1884-1941) string quartets performed by the Vilnius String Quartet resulted in a growing number of excellent album reviews. It included the composer’s romantic and folkmusic-inspired first two quartets.
This second volume includes the composer’s last two quartets: No. 3 and No. 4 which are more expressive and modern in nature.
Karnavicius wrote his four impressive string quartets during his study and teaching years in St. Petersburg during the 1910s and 1920s, filling the chronological and stylistic gap between the String Quartets of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
Karnavicius made significant contributions to the cultural life in Lithuania after returning to his home country in the late 1920s. Karnavicius had been a pupil Maximilian Steinberg at the St. Peterburg Conservatory later becoming a professor in the same institution. Although, the composer’s work has been admired in Lithuania, his magnificent chamber music opuses have been performed extremely rarely after his death. Yet, these pieces reveal compositional mastery and aesthetic subtlety. After its premiere in St. Petersburg, it took nearly a half century before the String Quartet No. 3 was heard again: in 1969, long after the composer’s death. Similarly, the composer’s String Quartet No. 4 had to wait for its next performance until the 1980s and still remains unpublished.
01. Karnavicius: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 10: I. Andante
02. Karnavicius: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 10: II. Allegro
03. Karnavicius: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 10: III. Lento tranquillo
04. Karnavicius: String Quartet No. 4: I. Moderato commodo
05. Karnavicius: String Quartet No. 4: II. Andante
06. Karnavicius: String Quartet No. 4: III. Allegro animato