Back to the front page
Sublime book graphicspacer
Michael Nyman SANGAM - Michael Nyman meets Indian Masters
Michael Nyman Chamber Music Volume I Michael Nyman Chamber Music Volume II
Michael NYMAN COLLABORATIONS BOX SET (3CD) Michael NYMAN PIANO BOX SET (3CD)
The Piano Sings 2 Facing Goya - an opera in four acts composed by Michael Nyman with libretto by Victoria Hardie
COLLECTIONS - Film, Music, Photography VERTOV SOUNDS - The Composers Cut Series - Volume IV
Motion Trio and Michael Nyman McAlmont and Nyman: The Glare
MGV / The Piano Concerto 8 Lust Songs: I Sonetti Lussuriosi
MOZART 252 NYMAN BRASS
SIX CELAN SONGS / THE BALLAD OF KASTRIOT REXHEPI ACTS OF BEAUTY / EXIT NO EXIT
MAN AND BOY DADA THE PIANO SINGS
THE LIBERTINE THE DRAUGHTSMANS CONTRACT
NYMAN/GREENAWAY REVISITED - The Composers Cut Series - Volume THE PIANO - The Composers Cut Series - Volume III
LOVE COUNTS NYMAN - SONGS (3CD box set)
NYMAN - SOUNDTRACKS (3CD box set) NYMAN - OPERA (4CD box set)


£ 12.99
Add to Cart
Show Cart
Track listing:
String Quartet No. 2 (1988)
String Quartet No. 3 (1990)
String Quartet No. 1 (1985)

Listen to preview:
String Quartet #2 Mvt 6


MNRCD124
Michael Nyman Chamber Music Volume II


String Quartets 1-3

The classic Balanescu Quartet recordings of Michael Nyman’s String Quartets 1-3

Presented in a 6 panel digipack with an accompanying 12 page booklet containing extensive notes written by Michael Nyman

“The three string quartets were not conceived as a series, as they owe their origins to three very different sets of circumstances, however, re-viewing these three quartets together for the Argo/Decca recording, revealed a consistency of compositional approach which quite unwittingly unifies them and sets them distinctively apart from the majority of my other compositions.

Each quartet is built around the principle of conflict - not necessarily conflict between the instruments, as is the traditional view of the quartet medium, but more interestingly (since it was not a conscious approach) conflict [or maybe dialogue!] between sets of musical material which appear to be at odds with each other: between the pre-formed and the freely-composed.

'String Quartet No. 1', for instance, the conflict is between two 'found' musical objects, separated both by their cultural origins and by a distance of around 300 years;  in 'String Quartet No,2' the apparent contradiction is between strictly-observed South Indian rhythmic systems and a doggedly European sensibility; while  'String  Quartet No. 3' bridges the gap between a choral work written in the summer of 1989 and its transformation into a string quartet, partly through a visitation  by  a number of Romanian folk music fragments.

Michael Nyman 2012

Booklet notes are available to download from here
Download String Quartet Booklet

Performed by the Balanescu Quartet
Wallpaper Banner
Nyman & Motion Trio CD
Andy Findon, the flautist in the Nyman band.

Cookies   |    Your Privacy   |    Site Operator   |    Terms of Use