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George Perle: The String Quartets, Vol. 1 / Daedalus Quartet

Album Summary

>Perle, George : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D minor, Op. 14
>Perle, George : Quartet for Strings no 5
>Perle, George : Quartet for Strings no 8 ("Windows of Order")
>Perle, George : Molto adagio, movement for string quartet
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The four pieces recorded herein comprise Volume 1 of the Daedalus Quartet's survey of George Perle's music for string quartet. Writing of George Perle's Windows of Order: String Quartet No. 8, the British critic Malcolm MacDonald states: "What is hard to convey in words, but is plain to the ear, is the sheer wealth of Perle's inventiveness in musical shapes and sounds; his obvious delight in the quartet medium itself, and the wit and wisdom of his discourse throughout what must be ranked one of the string quartet masterpieces of the later 20th century." San Francisco Chronicle critic Joshua Kosman called Perle "one of the great unsung modernists, a writer of expressiveness and wit who has never let his idiosyncratic devotion to the 12-tone system stand in the way of lyricism or rhetorical clarity." It is Perle's masterful control and expressive depth that one is constantly reminded of while listening to the Daedalus Quartet's revelatory new recordings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: DiMenna Center, New York City, NY (2012-06-04_2012-06-05&2012-).



Reviews

Daedalus skillfully navigates through Perle quartets
George Perle created what he called "twelve-tone tonality," and the works on this release are all prime examples.

The earliest quartet on the album, Perle's second, also sounds the most tonal -- but that's a relative statement. Even though this is technically written in the key of D minor, the tonal center shifts about quite a bit. All in all, though, a carefully constructed work that moves along to its own internal harmonic logic.

The String Quartet No. 5 seems to continual shift back and forth between tonality and atonality. The underlying serial organization takes the work is somewhat unexpected directions. But its overall tonal character keeps the work grounded, making it sound exotic, rather than beyond the ken.

Perle's String Quartet 8 is more decided atonal in sound, although not entirely so. Perle creates an expressive work with a highly charged emotional atmosphere. Molto Adagio the earliest work on the album (1938), like String quartet No. 8, seems very much influenced by Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht. The dissonances are a little sharper in this work, though, giving it a harder edge than the eighth quartet.

The Daedalus Quartet performs these works in a straight-forward, no-nonsense fashion. Vibrato is tightly reigned in, and the ensemble has a clean, precise, transparent sound that admirably serves these works.
Submitted on 01/14/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Perle, George : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D minor, Op. 14
  • Ensemble: Daedalus Quartet
  • Notes: DiMenna Center, New York City, NY (2012-06-04_2012-06-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Perle, George : Quartet for Strings no 5
  • Notes: DiMenna Center, New York City, NY (2012-06-04_2012-06-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Perle, George : Quartet for Strings no 8 ("Windows of Order")
  • Notes: DiMenna Center, New York City, NY (2012-06-04_2012-06-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987-1988

>Perle, George : Molto adagio, movement for string quartet
  • Notes: DiMenna Center, New York City, NY (2012-06-04_2012-06-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938