Schwartz & Rochberg: “Variations”

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Catalogue No: MSVCD 92051
EAN/UPC: 5019148627661
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Release Date: July 2000
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Discs: 1
Sample: Bellagio Variation no. 2

Two major works for string quartet which both present structured, yet “polystylistic” forms- attuned to the modern ear, which is used to hearing “sound bites” — and what Schwartz calls “collage-oriented”. It is rare to find music written with so much emphasis on the listener.

Track Listing

    Elliott Schwartz:

  1. I. Bellagio Variations – Theme (2:2)
  2. II. Bellagio Variations – Variation 1 (1:11)
  3. III. Bellagio Variations – Variation 2 (1:52)
  4. IV. Bellagio Variations – Variation 3 (1:07)
  5. V. Bellagio Variations – Variation 4 (2:08)
  6. VI. Bellagio Variations – Variation 5 (1:37)
  7. VII. Bellagio Variations – variation 6 (1:44)
  8. VIII. Bellagio Variations – Variation 7 (2:13)
  9. IX. Bellagio Variations – Variation 8 (5:51)
  10. George Rochberg:

  11. I. String Quartet no. 3 – 1. Introduction: fantasia (6:01)
  12. II. String Quartet no. 3 – 2. First March (2:59)
  13. III. String Quartet no. 3 – Section 3 (14:32)
  14. IV. String Quartet no. 3 – 4. Second March (4:16)
  15. V. String Quartet no. 3 – 5. Finale (15:29)

Reviews

The Wire

George Rochberg’s Third Quartet from 1972 is a masterpiece that rejects serial modernism, going beyond quotation in a revival of the styles of Mahler and Beethoven. The Quartet is no postmodern pastiche either… powerful advocacy from The Kreutzer Quartet.

” —Andy Hamilton
Brunswick Times

The members of the Kreutzer Quartet handle [the challenges of the Schwartz] with breathtaking sensitivity. In the Kreutzer’s hands the Bellagio Variations receive a wonderfully nuanced performance, by turns (and sometimes all at once) taut, luxurious, witty and ferocious, entirely befitting the wilfully disorienting, dream-like nature of the music.

” —Tom Myron
21st Century Music (USA)

George Rochberg’s String Quartet no. 3 is one of the great essays in this medium of the latter half of the 20th century. How wonderful to hear the Kreutzer Quartet perform this influential work. Schwartz [in the Variations] twists all the knobs, from spiky to sentimental, to keep the listener engaged throughout. This is a keeper album.

” —Mark Alburger