STARER, ROBERT - STRING QUARTETS NOS. 1-3 (CD)


Miami String Quartet. Considered a great addition to the genre, Starer's string quartets have struggled to identify themselves with any of the post-war camps of composition. Unquestionably distinguished from rival experimentalists and divided traditionalists, Starer identifies himself with an aesthetic that is relatively tonal in practice. Drawing from the classical strengths of so many generations before him, his String Quartet No. 1, written in 1947, contrasts the overt uses of European, Middle-Eastern, and American harmonies. In this performance, such diverse elements are portrayed with a commanding authority. Having been written 47 years later, Quartet No. 2 remains lyrical and pervasively dramatic. Surprisingly, Starer adheres to the usual four-movement framework that portrays his traditional, classicist mentality. The single movement Quartet No. 3 inhabits an expressive, organic melodic structure that continually expands on its core themes. A noteworthy collection of compositions, this is for those seeking modern, yet approachable tonal music. (LABEL INFO)
in stock | US| 1992| COMPOSERS RECORDINGS INC. | 6.90


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