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ClassicsOnline Home » DRUCKMAN: String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3
By Robert Carl
American Record Guide
Of all the composers championed by the Group for Contemporary Music, Druckman is the one whose music I most like to listen to. Many composers of a modernist stripe get so deeply into the mindset that musical structures are made out of ideas that they forget that it is also made out of sounds, and Druckman seems not to have lost sight of that even at his most avant-garde. Ideas and motives are not only carefully wrought in and of themselves, but they are repeated, echoed, turned over, and pondered as objects of beauty. This is true especially in the beautiful music of his later period (the 80s and 90s), which includes three of these four pieces; the producers have cleverly placed the one relatively early work (the second quartet) at the end of the program, at which point we are sufficiently warmed up by the lovely, deliquescent sound of the later works and prepared to dig into something a bit thornier and more difficult.
Mr Lehman, reviewing the originial release on Koch (July/Aug 1998), found that the music got on his nerves, but I'll take Druckman over Wuorinen, Sessions, or Martino any day of the week.
The Group for Contemporary Music's cool, technically perfect performance style- which Mr Lehman and I agree doesn't bring out the best in the Sessions music reviewed below- is just the thing for Druckman's cool, technically perfect compositions. This one's definitely going to stay on my shelf.