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The Smith Quartet

Complete String Quartets

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212011720
  • Catalog number SIGCD 117
  • Release date 01 March 2008
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About the album

Following on from the critically acclaimed albums, Different Trains and Ghost Stories, The Smith Quartet’s present their latest album, the complete string quartets by the world-acclaimed composer, Philip Glass. Over a time span of 25 years, Glass completed 8 quartets (the 3 earliest were withdrawn) drawing on the influences of Bach to Shostakovich, as well as exterior musical sources: dance, theatre and film. Clear - cut , polished performances by The Smith Quartet give the listener an excellent taster of a quartet at the forefront of contemporary music. 

"Glass weaves filigree tapestries given polished, finely detailed airings by the virtuoso Brits" The Observer

"How long before the Kronos is labelled the 'American Smith Quartet'? ... they are ahead of the curve at generating new repertoire and taking the experimental back-catalogue seriously" Classic FM Magazine     

If success was measured according to output and sales units alone, Glass would be head and shoulders above his contemporaries ... played with characteristic precision and projection by the ensemble" Gramophone

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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: I. 1957 - Award Montage
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: I. 1957 - Award Montage
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: II. November 25 - Ichigaya
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: II. November 25 - Ichigaya
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: III. Grandmother and Kimitake
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: III. Grandmother and Kimitake
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: IV. 1962 - Body Building
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: IV. 1962 - Body Building
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: V. Blood Oath
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: V. Blood Oath
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: VI. Mishima/Closing (End Credits)
     
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    String Quartet No.3, Mishima: VI. Mishima/Closing (End Credits)
     
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    String Quartet No.2, Company: I
     
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    String Quartet No.2, Company: I
     
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    String Quartet No.2, Company: II
     
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    String Quartet No.2, Company: II
     
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    String Quartet No.2, Company: III
     
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    String Quartet No.2, Company: III
     
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    String Quartet No.2, Company: IV
     
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    String Quartet No.2, Company: IV
     
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    String Quartet No.4, Buczak: I
     
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    String Quartet No.4, Buczak: I
     
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    String Quartet No.4, Buczak: II
     
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    String Quartet No.4, Buczak: II
     
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    String Quartet No.4, Buczak: III
     
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    String Quartet No.4, Buczak: III
     
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    String Quartet No.1: I Part 1
     
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    String Quartet No.1: I Part 1
     
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    String Quartet No.1: II Part 2
     
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    String Quartet No.1: II Part 2
     
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    String Quartet No.5: I
     
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    String Quartet No.5: I
     
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    String Quartet No.5: II
     
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    String Quartet No.5: II
     
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    String Quartet No.5: III
     
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    String Quartet No.5: III
     
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    String Quartet No.5: IV
     
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    String Quartet No.5: IV
     
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    String Quartet No.5: V
     
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