Krzysztof Penderecki’s works for (string) quartet neatly encapsulate the composer’s stylistic breadth as they track the development of Poland’s most important modern composer throughout his sixty-year career. From the avant-garde rhythmical study that is Quartet No. 1, via an ode to Webern to the elder Penderecki’s neo- Romantic, Schubertian Clarinet Quartet, this collection comprises all his chamber music for three and four strings, even the early neo-Baroque outlier Three Pieces, adapted from his film score for the steamy 1964 movie The Saragossa Manuscript.
•Penderecki: Clarinet Quartet
• Penderecki: Der unterbrochene Gedanke für Streichquartett
• Penderecki: String Quartet No. 1
• Penderecki: String Quartet No. 2
• Penderecki: String Quartet No. 4
• Penderecki: String Trio