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In Memoriam Bodo Hersen / Alvarez Quartet

Notes & Reviews:

Wilhelm Petersen belongs to those 20th century composers who pursued their own path, regardless of the avant-garde. Although he took part in the expressionist revolution, pushing tonal boundaries, until 1925, he subsequently developed a style based on conventional form and tonality. He was interested in the further potential he thought could be found in traditional techniques. The Piano Quartet, a reworking of an earlier Violin Sonata, reflects the strong influence of Richard Strauss, represented on this album by several of his earlier works.

"Their texture is more velvety - brushed rather than smooth - and they seem to be enjoying the music more. One Strauss piece that made little impression on the other recording impressed me greatly here: the serenade ('Standchen'). The 'Liebesliedchen' is gorgeous on both recordings. I like this group better than the other; it seems less controlled and controlling, more willing to let the music lead them." -American Record Guide



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