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Taurus Quartet – Slow (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Taurus Quartet – Slow (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:08:36 minutes | 587 MB | Genre: Classical
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In 2013, four renowned musicians from Belgium came together with a shared desire to to enrich their musical trajectory with the ultimate chamber music repertoire. Right from their first concert seasons, the Taurus Quartet has had the privilege of playing in wonderful concert venues and at prestigious festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Finland. Several Taurus Quartet concerts have been recorded live by radio and television and broadcasted throughout Europe.

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Taurus Quartet released its first two CDs in 2018 under the title Horizon funebre, featuring both string quartets by Janacek and the last two string quartets by Schubert. The recordings have received rave reviews from the international press.

In the ‘Beethoven Year’ 2020, the quartet gave several performances of the complete string quartets of Beethoven and also paid tribute to the 150th birthday of the Belgian composer Ryelandt.

The programme SLOW was created in 2022 at the request of The Concertgebouw Brugge and is a characteristic example of the quartet’ s original and creative way of programming. This recording has been conceived as a true musical journey rather than a random assembly of separate tracks.

A SLOW Suite that caresses the soul, cuts deep into the mind and reveals precarious truths with agonising slowness. We also recorded the various movements in the same sequence as they appear here. By playing these slow movements in their new context, an inspiring artistic cross-pollination seemed to occur during our journey: the timelessly beautiful pieces of music influenced each other and their composers engaged each other in conversation across the centuries and with great mutual respect.

Composers: Anton Webern, Giacinto Scelsi, Guillaume De Machaut, György Kurtág, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Pierre de la Rue.

Tracklist:
1-1. Taurus Quartet – String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: III. Lento assai, Cantante e tranquillo (*) (06:41)
1-2. Taurus Quartet – Misa De Notre Dame: Kyrie I (02:12)
1-3. Taurus Quartet – String Quartet No. 3: I. Avec grande tendresse (Dolcissimo) (04:58)
1-4. Taurus Quartet – Missa L’homme armé: Agnus Dei (04:36)
1-5. Taurus Quartet – Microlude 5 from 12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op. 13: Lontano, Calmo, Appena sentito (01:39)
1-6. Taurus Quartet – String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2: II. Molto adagio, ‘Si tratta questo pezzo con molto di sentimento’ (12:53)
1-7. Taurus Quartet – Officium Breve in Memoriam Andrae Szervánsky, Op. 28: Arioso interrotto, Larghetto (*) (01:08)
1-8. Taurus Quartet – 5 Sätze für Streichquartett, Op. 5: II. Sehr langsam (02:33)
1-9. Taurus Quartet – 5 Sätze für Streichquartett, Op. 5: IV. Sehr langsam (01:46)
1-10. Taurus Quartet – 5 Sätze für Streichquartett, Op. 5: V. In zarter Bewegung (03:38)
1-11. Taurus Quartet – Officium Breve in Memoriam Andrae Szervánsky, Op. 28: Arioso interrotto, Larghetto (01:09)
1-12. Taurus Quartet – String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Op. 130: V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo (06:34)
1-13. Taurus Quartet – Microlude 11 from 12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op. 13: Tutti non vibrato e senza espressione (01:46)
1-14. Taurus Quartet – Misa de Notre Dame: Kyrie II (02:15)
1-15. Taurus Quartet – Aus der Ferne: V. Öd und traurig (03:19)
1-16. Taurus Quartet – String Quartet No. 3: V. Libération, Catharsis (03:58)
1-17. Taurus Quartet – String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo (07:23)

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