- Performer: Concord String Quartet
- Composer: Stefan Wolpe, Earle Brown, John  Cage, Leon Kirchner, Christian Wolff, et al.
- Audio CD (September 26, 1995)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Vox (Classical)
- ASIN: B000001K50
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
American String Quartets 1950-1970
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What's startling about the bad review is these quartets are hardly over-intellectualized. In fact most are quite beautiful or evocative; the Cage stunningly so. The LPs this collection came off were among my favorites of that era and I doubt a better or more nightmarish Black Angels has ever been done despite recent attempts by Kronos and others. Amazing playing by committed performers. A deal and a bargain.
For ten bucks this is like gold for free. Have at it!
I won't review everything on the album, as there is just too much. Highlights for me include the Earle Brown quartet, which is one of Brown's strongest early works. Since Brown is poorly represented on CD, every release of his is worth having, but the Second Quartet is a masterwork of tonal subtlety. Cage's Quartet was written just before he moved into his more aleatoric phase. It is highly modal and almost a precusor to minimlism, a very pleasing work that should be more widely known. Christian Wolff is also a composer who is underrepresented on CD (though Mode is quickly redressing the imbalance.) Summer is also a protominimalist work, based on stark 5ths. The reading of Black Angels is good, though not anything to supplant the Kronos reading, which is still my favorite. Also interesting are Quartets by Wolpe and Leon Kirchner.
So if you have any interest in American string work of the late 20th century, you need this disc. It is indispensible and very beautifully played. And the Vox Box price is unbeatable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rare product, good price, less expensive than the competition. Made me really happy.Published 5 months ago by boozer_user
Wonderful to find this CD still available...adventuresome 'new music' for quartet, in top-quality recordings and performances. Recommended.Published on October 21, 2009 by John Michael Barone
Superb analog transfers and excellent playing, I suppose. (I mean, how can you tell with music like this? Read morePublished on June 17, 1999