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String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2

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  • Composer Elliott Carter Dies at Age 103

    Nonesuch Records is saddened to learn of the death of American composer Elliott Carter, who passed away yesterday at the age of 103. In a career that spanned over 75 years, Carter composed 158 works and received two Pulitzer Prizes. In 2008, on the occasion of Carter's 100th birthday, Nonesuch released A Nonesuch Retrospective, a four-disc set featuring most of the recordings the label made of Carter’s music between 1968 and 1985, with a note by Paul Griffiths, which is reprinted in its entirety here.

  • Celebrate Elliott Carter's 101st Birthday with Composer's Four-Disc Nonesuch Retrospective

    Composer Elliott Carter turns 101 today. Earlier this year, as part of the composer's centennial celebration, Nonesuch Records released Elliott Carter: A Nonesuch Retrospective, featuring most of Carter's Nonesuch recordings from 1968 to 1985. The four-disc set The Observer called "covetable and historic" is now 33 1/3% off the standard list price at as part of the Nonesuch Store Anniversary Sale.

About this Album

Described by the composer as an exploration of the human experience of time, this album features two award-winning quartets that each present opposing views of the temporal experience: expansive and compressed, majestic and miniature. Written eight years apart, they capture the evolution of Carter’s compositional language, in which the elongated, continually unfolding gestures of the first give rise to the condensed phrasing of the second. The album features performances from The Composers Quartet, under the direction of the composer.


The Composers Quartet:
Matthew Raimondi, violin
Anahid Ajemian, violin
Jean Dupouy, viola
Michael Rudiakov, cello

Recorded April 21-23, 1970, under the supervision of Elliot Carter
Engineering & tape editing: Marc J. Aubort, Joanna Nickrenz (Elite Recordings, Inc.)
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne

Art direction: Robert L. Heimall
Cover Art: Fred Otnes

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