In this, the 30th anniversary year of Naxos, it is worth pointing out that a lot of their recordings are too exceptional to be confined to a Best Bargain ghetto. They compete at any price. Certainly true of this issue by the recently formed (in 2012) American based Arabella Quartet.
This well filled 69 minute album features 13 pieces by nine different composers.
I would be astonished if anyone knew all of them. I personally knew 6 of the 13, and was thrilled to make new discoveries, like Webern’s Langsamer Satz, written when the composer was 21, and still writing tonal music. I also enjoyed two pieces by Shostakovich; an Elegy, taken from an aria from Lady Macbeth, and a pungent polka, from his early ballet The Age of Gold.
This is an album well worth dipping into, exceptionally well played by this young American team.