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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

String Quartet - Kirchner & Weinberg

Kirchner
String Quartet No. 3
For Strings & Electronic Tape
Beaux - Art Quartet

Wienbreg
String Quartet No. 2
The Composers Quartet

Columbia MS 7284
Masterworks
1969

From the back cover: Leon Kirchner's Quartet No. 3 and Henry Weinberg's Quartet No. 2 occupy distinctly dissimilar positions in the contemporary musical spectrum. Kirchner's music is essentially concerned with gesture – the broad sweep of melodic line, the dramatic use of dissonance and silence. Weinberg's emphasis is n method, and it may accurately he said that the method is the material in his work. Kirchner's Quartet employs electronic sounds and contains aural and formal complexities, yet its statements are quickly perceived and grasped by the sophisticated ear.

The album is obscure. Featured as a sample for your listening pleasure is side one (Kirchner).

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