American Classics - Wuorinen: String Sextet, etc

Album Summary

>Wuorinen, Charles : Sextet for Strings
>Wuorinen, Charles : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Wuorinen, Charles : Divertimento
>Wuorinen, Charles : Piano Quintet
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Suddenly feeling the weight of Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartok on his shoulders, Wuorinen's penchant for prolix, perversely disquieting dysrhythmia gives way to traditional forms of musical argument. All of these works date from a period when Wuorinen was between 51 and 66 years old-an age normally reserved for the thorniest works of modernist composers (who typically slip into a pretty, reflective late period shortly after retirement age), but there's something about the weight of history that brings out the paleoconservative in the normally neocon Wuorinen. This music remind us of the hackneyed metaphor of chamber music as a spirited conversation among friends, as distinct from the sort of polemical argumentation typical of cable news programming and Wuorinen's other chamber-ensemble music. This Naxos rerelease is part of their resurrection of the Group for Contemporary Music series, lately deleted by Koch, and is battling with their recent Druckman release for status as my most admired entry in the Naxos American Classics catalog. I sideswiped Wuorinen in my review of the Druckman (May/June 2006), but this is enough to make me want to take it all back. This is masterly music by a true craftsman, brilliantly played by the brightest stars in the new-music firmament: Fred Sherry, Ursula Oppens, Curtis Macomber, Ida Kafavian, and their distinguished colleagues. Naxos may be a budget label, but that doesn't stop them from putting out high-end recordings of great music." -ARG



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Works Details

>Wuorinen, Charles : Sextet for Strings
  • Ensemble: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Running Time: 19 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1988-1989

>Wuorinen, Charles : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Performers: Benjamin Hudson (Violin); Joshua Gordon (Cello); Lois Martin (Viola); Carol Zeavin (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Wuorinen, Charles : Divertimento
  • Ensemble: Tashi
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wuorinen, Charles : Piano Quintet
  • Performers: Curtis Macomber (Violin); Scott St. John (Viola); Carmit Zori (Violin); Ursula Oppens (Piano); Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Notes: Recital Hall, State University of New York, Purchase (06/17/1996/06/18/1996)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1993-1994