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The Kepler Quartet - Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 6, 7, & 8 (2016)

27-04-2016, 13:36
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 6, 7, & 8
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: New World Records
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 66:41
Total Size: 321 MB


1. String Quartet No. 7: Prelude - Scurrying, Forceful, Intense
2. String Quartet No. 7: Palindromes - Eerie
3. String Quartet No. 7: Variations - With Solemnity
4. String Quartet No. 8: Vigorous, Aggressive
5. String Quartet No. 8: Lazy, Rocking
6. String Quartet No. 8: Scherzo - Fast, Skimming; Trio - Light
7. String Quartet No. 8: Extremely light and rhythmic
8. String Quartet No. 6 : Legato espressivo
9. Quietness

The ten string quartets of Ben Johnston, written between 1951 and 1995, constitute no less than an attempt to revolutionize the medium. Only the first limits itself to conventional tuning. The others, climaxing in the astonishing Seventh Quartet of 1984, add in further microtones from the harmonic series to the point that the music seems to float in a free pitch space, unmoored from the grid of the common twelve-pitch scale. In a way, this is a return to an older conception of string quartet practice, since players used to (and often still do) intuitively adjust their tuning for maximum sonority while listening to each other's intonation.
The completion of the cycle, supervised throughout by the composer himself, is a historic achievement that will undoubtedly stand as the definitive document of these works, among the landmark quartet cycles of 20th-century music. The Seventh and Eighth Quartets are receiving their world-premiere recordings. The former has a reputation as the most difficult quartet ever written and the Kepler Quartet has met the challenge with enviable aplomb, as they have throughout the cycle, affording listeners a chance to finally hear these difficult but highly rewarding works. Johnston's brief, poignant Rumi setting, Quietness, with the composer himself as vocalist, rounds out the recording, a fitting denouement to - in the words of composer/author Kyle Gann - "possibly the most ambitious string quartet project in history".

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gibheid   User offline   27 April 2016 15:49

Thanks sddd.

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platico   User offline   27 April 2016 21:06

Gracias por compartir...

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